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Curtis papers, 1838-1849, ca. 1900.
1 box (2.5 linear in.)
Collection number: MS 0736 (LD 7092.8 Curtis)

Curtis, Lucy M., d. 1849; student and college teacher. Mount Holyoke Female Seminary graduate, 1844. Mount Holyoke Female Seminary teacher, 1844-1849. Papers consist of correspondence to Hannah Porter and Mary Lyon, a commonplace book, biographical material, and a photograph; primarily documenting her association with Mount Holyoke Female Seminary and the illness of Mary Lyon.

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South Hadley, MA

Biographical Note

Lucy M. Curtis was born in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. She attended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary from 1838 to 1840 and returned to complete her studies in 1843. She taught at Mount Holyoke from her graduation in 1844 to 1847 and from 1848 until her death in late April of 1849 in West Brookfield, Massachusetts.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Lucy M. Curtis papers consist of correspondence, a commonplace book, and a photograph. Most of this material relates to the years of her association with Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, 1838-1849. There are eight letters in the collection written between 1842 and 1849. In her six letters to Mrs. Hannah Kingsbury Porter (wife of Mount Holyoke trustee Andrew Porter), Curtis mentions the death of student Sarah Wingate in 1849 and describes in detail the illness of Mary Lyon in the same year. The collection also contains a letter written to Lyon discussing the merits of a potential student for the Seminary. A later letter to Lyon expresses her admiration and affection for Miss Lyon. The letters contain indications of Curtis' religious beliefs. The commonplace book contains original compositions and copied articles by Mount Holyoke students from the classes of 1838 to 1849, part of writings at the school known as "Seminary Literature." The biographical information includes a note by Anna C. Edwards (Mount Holyoke Class of 1859) concerning Curtis' life, probably dating from circa 1900. The collection also contains a photograph of Curtis probably taken while she was at Mount Holyoke.

This collection is organized into four series:

  • Correspondence
  • Commonplace Book
  • Biographical material
  • Photograph

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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.

  • Curtis, L. M. (Lucy M.), d. 1849.
  • Lyon, Mary, 1797-1849 Death and burial.
  • Wingate, Sarah, d. 1849.
  • College teachers - Massachusetts.
  • Death.
  • Mount Holyoke Female Seminary - Religious life - 1849.
  • Women - Religious life - United States - History - Sources.
  • Women college teachers - Massachusetts.

  • Porter, Hannah, 1797-1869.

Genre terms
  • Commonplace books.
  • Letters.
  • Photographs.

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