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Harriet Miriam North was born on February 17, 1830, in East Berlin, Connecticut. She graduated from Mount Holyoke Seminary in 1851, and married Dr. Charles F. Dowd in 1852. Together, they ran the North Granville Ladies Seminary from 1860-1867, and in 1868 they became co-principals of the Temple Grove Seminary until circa 1900. They also raised six children. In 1904, Dr. Charles Dowd was killed by a train in Saratoga. Harriet Dowd died in December of 1911.
The Harriet Miriam North Dowd Papers contain approximately 1070 items, including correspondence (1848-1902); invitations and calling cards (1853-1888); and biographical material (1902-1911) which includes newspaper clippings of articles about her husband's work, death, and her death, an undated biographical information sheet, and a family tree. Letters from 35 of North's family and in-laws primarily discuss religion, daily routines, illnesses, home remedies, and deaths. Others concern business matters of the Granville Seminary. Correspondants include: Arthur Dudley Dowd (son), Carl (Charles?) Dowd (son), Charles F. Dowd (husband), Lucy Atkins Dowd (sister-in-law), "Mother" Dowd (mother-in-law), Nannie Amelia Dowd (sister-in-law), Susie Dowd (wife of brother-in-law), Wedworth Dowd (brother-in-law), Wyllys (Will) Dowd (son), Harriet Dowd Galpin (sister-in-law), Jennie Dowd Heald (sister-in-law), Miriam (Milly) Dowd James (daughter), Beartha Dowd Lester (daughter), E. Wilcox (uncle-in-law), Julia North (Class of 1858- Mrs. Orrin Mildrum- sister), Sarah North (Class of 1854- Mrs. John Whitney- sister), Sarah W. Bigelow (Class of 1851), Mary J. Burdett (x-Class of 1850), Martha J. Crosby (Class of 1859), Elizabeth P. Gould (x-Class of 1855), Laura G. Millett (Class of 1851), Anna W. Moody (Class of 1851), Laura Walker (x-Class of 1849), Julia E. Ward (Class of 1857), Caroline A. Warren (x-Class of 1851), Mary L.D. Wilson (Class of 1864), Elizabeth Burt (Class of 1851), and Sophronia S. Fisher (Class of 1851).
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The Harriet M. (North) Dowd Papers, Mount Holyoke College, Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley, Massachusetts.
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