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Dowd papers, 1848-1911 (Bulk: 1853-1875)
3 boxes (1.1 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 0527 (LD 7096.6 1851 North)

Dowd, Harriet Miriam North, 1830-1911; Principal and housewife. Mount Holyoke Female Seminary graduate, 1851. Papers consist of correspondence, invitations, and biographical material. Primarily discussing her daily activities, her career, and her health.

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South Hadley, MA

Biographical Note

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.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

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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Search Terms
The following terms represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. Use these headings to search for additional materials on this web site, in the Five College Library Catalog, or in other library catalogs and databases.

  • Dowd, Charles F. (Charles Ferdinand), 1825-1904.
  • Dowd, Harriet M. (Harriet Miriam), 1830-1911.
  • Family - United States - History - Sources.
  • Frontier and pioneer life - United States - History - Sources.
  • North Granville Ladies' Seminary.
  • School administrators - New York (State) - Correspondence.
  • Temple Grove Seminary.
  • United States - Social life and customs - 19th century - Sources.
  • Women - Education - New York (State) - History - Sources.

  • Dowd, Charles F. (Charles Ferdinand), 1825-1904.

Genre terms
  • Letters |2rbgenr

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