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Grant Papers, 1844-1848 (Bulk: 1846)
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Collection number: MS 0636 (LD 7096.6 x1846 Cowles)

Grant, Abigail Fidelia Cowles, 1820-1881; students. Attended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, 1843-1845. Papers consist of letters to her cousin Martha Grant, primarily describing academic and residential life at Mount Holyoke and her marriage to Joel Grant.

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South Hadley, MA

Biographical Note

Abigail Fidelia Cowles came from Norfolk, Connecticut and was a non-graduate of Mount Holyoke Female Seminary Class of 1846. She married minister Joel Grant in 1845 and moved to Illinois. Cowles worked in soldiers' homes in Tennessee and Illinois. She died in 1881 in Chicago.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Abigail Fidelia Cowles Grant Papers include four letters written by Cowles addressed to Martha Grant (x-Class of 1845). They are dated October 24-November 12, 1844, March 21-24, 1846, July 22, 1846 and January 20, 1848. All but the last are written at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. The final letter was sent from Lockport, Ill. after Cowles's marriage to Joel Grant, Martha Grant's brother and Cowles's cousin (also nephew of Zilpah Grant Banister). The letters document academic and residential life at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. The final letter discusses Joel Grant's ill health and the "Sabbath audience". Also discussed is the death of Clara Montague (Class of 1844).

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The Abigail Fidelia (Cowles) Grant Papers, Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley, Massachusetts.

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  • Grant, Martha
  • Montague, Clara Death and burial.
  • College students - Massachusetts - Correspondence.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Religious life - 1844-1846.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Student life - 1844-1846
  • Mount Holyoke Female Seminary - Curricula.
  • Mount Holyoke Female Seminary - Students.
  • Seminary Building (South Hadley, Mass. : Town)
  • Women - Education - United States - History - 19th century - Sources.
  • Women college students - Massachusetts - Correspondence.
  • Women college students - Religious life - Massachusetts.

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