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Mary Lyon Collection, ca. 1778-
25 boxes, 94 volumes (26.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 0500 (LD 7082.25 1837)

Abstract:
Lyon, Mary, 1797-1849; Educator and founder of Mount Holyoke Female Seminary (now Mount Holyoke College). Contains correspondence, published and unpublished writings, notes on Lyon's remarks, biographical material and memorabilia, books that were in Lyon's library, material relating to the Lyon family and to Ashfield, Buckland, and Byfield, Massachusetts, portraits and likeness of Lyon, and microfilm of her correspondence and writings. The collection documents aspects of her personal life, including her studies at Byfield Seminary and Sanderson Academy, as well as her work at Ipswich Female Seminary and particularly Mount Holyoke Female Seminary.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted.

Restrictions on use:

Use of the collection is governed by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S.C.)

Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
South Hadley, MA

Biographical Note

Mary Lyon, educator and founder of Mount Holyoke Female Seminary (now Mount Holyoke College), was born on February 28, 1797, in Buckland, Massachusetts. Her parents were Aaron Lyon, a farmer, and Jemima Shepard Lyon. After her father's death in 1802 and her mother's remarriage 1810, Lyon remained on the family farm as a housekeeper for her brother. She started teaching in 1814 and continued her own education by attending Sanderson Academy in Ashfield, Massachusetts, Amherst (Massachusetts) Academy, and Byfield (Massachusetts) Seminary. She opened the Buckland (Massachusetts) Female School in 1824 and taught the summer term classes at Adams Female Academy in Derry (now East Derry), New Hampshire with Zilpah Grant. In 1828, she began teaching full time at Ipswich (Massachusetts) Female Seminary. During this period, she also attended lectures at Amherst College and spent a few weeks studying at what is now Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 1832, she began developing plans for a new school for adult women that would own its own property and not be a for-profit venture. She spent the summer of 1833 traveling through Pennsylvania and New York State to Detroit, Michigan purchasing scientific equipment for Ipswich Seminary and visiting schools and colleges. She resigned from the Ipswich school in 1834, returning later to serve as acting principal during Grant's temporary absence, and assisted with the planning of Wheaton Female Seminary (now Wheaton College) in Norton, Massachusetts. With the help of male advisers she began raising funds for a school that was chartered on February 11, 1836 as Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Mount Holyoke opened on November 8, 1837 and Lyon served as principal for almost twelve years. She also taught chemistry classes and organized the domestic work system by which students and teachers took care of cooking and housekeeping chores in order to avoid the expense of hiring paid staff. Lyon died of erysipelas, an acute streptococcus disease of the skin and subcutaneous tissue, on March 5, 1849 and is buried on the Mount Holyoke grounds.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Mary Lyon Collection consists of letters by and to educator Mary Lyon, her published and unpublished writings, biographical information about her and memorabilia associated with her, books that were in her personal library, materials about the Lyon family and the Massachusetts towns closely associated with her early life, and portraits and other likenesses of her. The collection primarily documents Lyon's activities as a pioneering educator of women and her work as the founder and first principal of Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. Correspondence (1818-1849, n.d.) contains letters by and to relatives, friends, and colleagues concerning her work, particularly at Mount Holyoke, and aspects of her personal life. Correspondents include educators Zilpah Grant Banister and Eunice C. Cowles, L.T. Guilford, and other Mount Holyoke graduates, Lyon's niece, Abigail Moore Burgess, missionary Justin Perkins, and Laban and Elizabeth Wheaton, founders of Wheaton Female Seminary. Writings (circa 1827-1849, n.d.) include pamphlets that Lyon wrote to publicize Mount Holyoke, the Missionary Offering (1843) which reflects her support of missionary work, and many unpublished documents such as her student compositions, her notes for lectures, and her journal describing travels in Pennsylvania, New York State, and Michigan in 1833. Notes on Lyon's Remarks (circa 1837-1849) were compiled by Mount Holyoke students and teachers and reflect her views about religion, the purpose of education, character, and other subjects. Biographical Material and Memorabilia (circa 1778-) consists of articles, newspaper clippings, and papers about Lyon's life, jewelry, textiles, and other items that belonged to her and others, and items once used to furnish the Mary Lyon Room at Mount Holyoke. These materials include information about the many posthumous honors conferred upon her. Lyon's Library (1809-1847) consists of books that she owned and includes writings by Catharine Esther Beecher, Amos Eaton, Edward Hitchcock, and John Milton. Lyon Family materials (circa 1836-) chiefly consist of published and unpublished genealogies about various branches of the family both in the United States and Europe. There is also a photograph album that appears to contain portraits of Lyon's brother, Aaron E. Lyon, and his relatives. Places Associated with Lyon (circa 1849-) consists of publications, notes, postcards, and photographs concerning Ashfield, Buckland, and Byfield, Massachusetts. Portraits and Other Likenesses (1832-) contains prints of a daguerreotype, a ferrotype, and paintings of Lyon taken or completed during her lifetime as well as later paintings and drawings of her. Lyon's correspondence and writings were microfilmed in 1987 and the collection includes four sets of the film and related user guides. Oversize (Folio) Material (circa 1827-) in the collection is boxed separately.

Material from this collection is available in an online digital format.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted.

Restrictions on use:

Use of the collection is governed by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S.C.)

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Mary Lyon Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA

History of the Collection

Processing Information

Processed by Elaine D. Trehub, 1987 and Patricia J. Albright, 2007.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
8 Dwight Hall
50 College St.
South Hadley, MA 01075

Phone: (413) 538-2013
Fax: (413) 538-2370

Email Reference Form: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/lits/library/arch/forms/areq.htm
URL: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/lits/library/arch/
Language
English

Series Descriptions
1818-1849, n.d.
5 boxes
Box
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically in two sequences: letters by Lyon and letters to Lyon.

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted.

Scope and content:

Correspondence (1818-1849, n.d.) consists of letters by and to Lyon that concerning her activities as an educator, particularly her work as founder and principal of Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, and aspects of her personal life. Numerous letters describe the search for a location for the school, efforts to funds, and design, construction, and furnishing of the Seminary Building. Many other letters are by and to women who wished to attend Mount Holyoke or individuals recruiting teachers and missionaries to work in schools in the United States and other countries. There are also letters from Lyon's former pupils, often describing their experiences as teachers. Personal letters in the collection concern Lyon's religious views, her finances, and events affecting members of her family, such as the mental illness of her sister, Lovina Lyon Putnam. Correspondents include her friends and colleagues Zilpah Grant Banister and Eunice C. Cowles; Mount Holyoke trustee William Tyler; Hannah Porter (wife of Trustee Andrew Porter); L.T. Guilford (a Mount Holyoke graduate who established a school for girls in Cleveland, Ohio); Thomas White of Ashfield, Massachusetts (Lyon's friend and financial adviser) and his daughter, Hannah White; Lyon's niece, Abigail Moore Burgess, who served as a teacher at Mount Holyoke and a missionary in India; Laban and Elizabeth Wheaton (founders of Wheaton Female Seminary in Norton, Massachusetts); the Reverend Charles C. Beatty (principal of a school in Steubenville, Ohio); and Justin Perkins (missionary to the Christian Nestorians in Persia).

circa 1817-1849, n.d.
3 boxes
Box 6
Arrangement:

Arranged by form of material.

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted.

Scope and content:

Writings (circa 1827-1849, n.d.) contains Lyon's published works and her unpublished lists, notes, and other documents. Her publications consist of pamphlets that she wrote between 1834-circa 1840 describing the goals, location, curriculum, requirements, regulations, application process, and domestic work system at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. The collection also includes her 1843 book, the Missionary Offering, which reflects her commitment to supporting the work of foreign missionaries. Some of the unpublished materials date from her studies at Byfield Seminary (1821) and Sanderson Academy (1827-1828). These documents consist of her compositions and lecture notes as well as her hand-drawn map of the United States. Unpublished writings from her years as a teacher and administrator at Ipswich Female Seminary date from about 1830-1834 and include notes for her religious instruction of and talks to students, her lectures on "intellectual philosophy," notes for teachers' meetings, and lists of books, chemicals, and other supplies at the school. Writings relating to Mount Holyoke Female Seminary (circa 1833-1848, n.d.) include plans for the Seminary Building, financial records, lists of applicants, and notes about the domestic work system. The remaining materials in this series consist of documents organized into subject categories (circa 1833-1849, n.d.). These items include a journal the she kept during her travels in Pennsylvania, New York State, and Michigan in 1833, notes reflecting her ideas about education and teaching, her comments on some of her readings, a list of members of her family, and descriptions of her personal property.

circa 1837-1849
1 box

Arrangement:

Arranged by categories of transcribers.

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted.

Scope and content:

Contains notes by Mount Holyoke Female Seminary students and others on Lyon's lectures and talks on religious and secular subjects, circa 1837-1849. Topics of her remarks include religious faith, humility, charity, service to others, behavior,character, fashion and dress, the purpose of education, and teaching methods.

circa 1778-
7 boxes, 66 volumes

Arrangement:

Arranged by form of material.

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted.

Scope and content:

Biographical Material chiefly consists of reminiscences, books, articles, newspaper clippings, and unpublished papers and essays dating from 1849 to the present that concern Lyon's life and work. These materials include the sermon preached at her funeral in 1849 and on the one hundredth anniversary of her birth in 1897, biographies of her by Edward Hitchcock (1851) and Elizabeth Green (1979), recollections by her by Mount Holyoke alumnae (1905-1908) and articles relating to the United States postage stamp issued in her honor in 1987. Other honors conferred upon Lyon are documented by materials relating to her selection to the Western Massachusetts Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame (2005) and to a sculpture of her by Lu Stubbs (2006). An audiocassette in this series is of a radio program concerning "Mary Lyon, Woman Educator" (1937). There are also bibliographies of writings by and about Lyon and chronologies listing events during her life. Memorabilia dates from circa 1778 to the present and consists in part of items that Lyon owned, such as her eye glasses, writing desk, and the green velvet bag that she used to collect donations for Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. These materials also include examples of her weaving, scraps of her dresses, and jewelry that incorporates locks of her hair. Other memorabilia consists of jewelry and other objects not directly relating to Lyon. Some of these items were once part of the "Mary Lyon Room" established at Mount Holyoke in 1904 and dismantled at a later date. Memorabilia also includes the medal from her induction into the National Women's Hall of Fame (1993) and two portraits of Lyon: an ivory miniature from 1832 and a watercolor by Katharine Baldwin Sullivan from 1893.

1809-1847
28 volumes

Arrangement:

Arranged by surname of author or title of work.

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted.

Scope and content:

Mary Lyon's library consists of books that she owned. These volumes reflect her interest in astronomy, botany, geology, history, physiology, and religion and include works by Catharine Esther Beecher, Amos Eaton, Edward Hitchcock, and John Milton. This series also includes a biography of Lyon's teacher and mentor Joseph Emerson.

1836-
1 box
Box 16
Arrangement:

Arranged by form of material.

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted.

Scope and content:

Lyon Family material consists of manuscripts relating to members of Mary Lyon's family as well as articles and genealogies about the Lyon family in the United States and Europe. Materials concerning Lyon's brother, Aaron Lyon, consist of a list of his children (1839) and a letter that he and one of his sons wrote to another son in 1836 discussing family matters. Genealogical material includes charts showing the ancestries of Lyon's parents and several books and articles about the Lyon/Lyons family. There is also a photograph album (circa 1860s-circa 1900) that appears to contain portraits (including tintypes) of Mary Lyon's brother, Aaron E. Lyon, and his relatives.

1849-
1 box
Box 17
Arrangement:

Arranged by name of town and form of material.

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted.

Scope and content:

Contains pamphlets, newspaper and magazine article, maps, postcards, drawings, photographs, and other material relating to Ashfield, Buckland, and Byfield, Massachusetts. These items include histories of Ashfield and Buckland and an "abstract of title" to the Mary Lyon birthplace property in Buckland. Drawings and photographs of that site including an 1883 engraving and copies of a 1905 painting by Edwin Romanzo Elmer. A publication entitled Historical Sketches of the Times and Men in Ashfield, Massachusetts, During the Revolutionary War mentions Lyon's father, Aaron Lyon. Postcards and photographs include images of the one-room schoolhouse that she attended in Buckland and the room that she used while loving with the Thomas White family in Ashfield.

1832-
1 box
Box 18
Arrangement:

Arranged by type of image

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted

Scope and content:

Consists of prints of formal photographs and portraits of Lyon dating from her lifetime as well as likenesses created after her death. Includes reproductions of an ivory miniature painting (1832), a daguerreotype (1845) and a ferrotype (circa 1845) of Lyon, and copies of portraits of her by Joseph Chandler (1844) and Louise Rogers Jewett (1906).

1987-
3 boxes
Box 19
Arrangement:

Arranged by form of material.

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted.

Scope and content:

Most of Lyon's correspondence and writings in this collection were microfilmed in 1987 as part of a project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. There are four sets of the microfilm (four reels per set) in the collection, along with guides and other documents relating to the use of the film. The documents include photocopies of letters by and to Lyon acquired by the Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections after the completion of the microfilming project.

circa 1827-
3 boxes
Box 22
Arrangement:

Arranged by form of material

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted

Scope and content:

Contains oversized items described as part of other series in the collection. In the container list, descriptions of these items include an indication that they are shelved in Folio.

Contents List
Correspondence
1818-1849, n.d.
5 boxes
Box
By Lyon
1818-1828

Box 1: folder 1
By Lyon
1829-1832

Box 1: folder 2
By Lyon
1833

Box 1: folder 3
By Lyon
1834 February-July

Box 1: folder 4
By Lyon
1834 August-December

Box 1: folder 5
By Lyon
1835 January-March

Box 1: folder 6
By Lyon
1835 April-November

Box 1: folder 7
By Lyon
1836

Box 1: folder 8
By Lyon
1837 January-August

Box 1: folder 9
By Lyon
1837 September-December

Box 1: folder 10
By Lyon
1838

Box 1: folder 11
By Lyon
1839

Box 1: folder 12
By Lyon
1840

Box 1: folder 13
By Lyon
1841

Box 1: folder 14
By Lyon
1842

Box 2: folder 1
By Lyon
1843-1844

Box 2: folder 2
By Lyon
1845-1846 January-July

Box 2: folder 3
By Lyon
1846 August-November

Box 2: folder 4
By Lyon
1847 March-May

Box 2: folder 5
By Lyon
1847 June-November

Box 2: folder 6
By Lyon
1848 January-June

Box 2: folder 7
By Lyon
1848 August-December-1849 January 19

Box 2: folder 8
By Lyon
n.d.

Box 2: folder 9
To Lyon
1818, 1822-1829

Box 3: folder 1
To Lyon
1830

Box 3: folder 2
To Lyon
1831

Box 3: folder 3
To Lyon
1832

Box 3: folder 4
To Lyon
1833

Box 3: folder 5
To Lyon
1834-1835

Box 3: folder 6
To Lyon
1836

Box 3: folder 7
To Lyon
1837 January-May

Box 3: folder 8
To Lyon
1837 June-November

Box 3: folder 9
To Lyon
1838

Box 3: folder 10
To Lyon
1839 February-June

Box 3: folder 11
To Lyon
1839 July-December

Box 3: folder 12
To Lyon
1840

Box 3: folder 13
To Lyon
1841

Box 3: folder 14
To Lyon
1842 January-March

Box 3: folder 15
To Lyon
1842 April-July

Box 3: folder 16
To Lyon
1842 August-December

Box 3: folder 17
To Lyon
1843 January-May

Box 3: folder 18
To Lyon
1843 July-November

Box 3: folder 19
To Lyon
1844 January-July

Box 3: folder 20
To Lyon
1844 August

Box 3: folder 21
To Lyon
1844 September-December

Box 3: folder 22
To Lyon
1845

Box 4: folder 1
To Lyon
1846 January-August

Box 4: folder 2
To Lyon
1846 September-December

Box 4: folder 3
To Lyon
1847

Box 4: folder 4
To Lyon
1848-1849, n.d.

Box 4: folder 5
Information relating to two bound volumes of Mary Lyon Manuscripts, gift of Class of 1929


Box 5: folder 1
Typescripts of Class of 1929 gift: two bound volumes of Mary Lyon letters and writings


Box 5: folder 2
Original binding for Mary Lyon Letters and Documents, Volume 1


Box 5: folder 3
Original binding for Mary Lyon Letters and Documents, Volume 2


Box 5: folder 4
Writings
circa 1817-1849, n.d.
3 boxes
Box 6
Circular publications
1834-1840, n.d.

Box 6: folder 1
Missionary Offering
1843

Box 6: folder 2
Missionary Offering (photocopy)
1843

Box 6: folder 3
Missionary Offering (manuscript drafts)
circa 1843

Box 6: folder 4
Excerpts of Lyon's writings: The inception of Mount Holyoke; The Mary Lyon Yearbook; Mount Holyoke Female Seminary
1895, n.d.

Box 6: folder 5
Writings: Byfield
1821

Box 7: folder 1
Writings: Sanderson Academy, Ashfield
1827-1828

Box 7: folder 2
Writings: Ipswich
circa 1830-1832

Box 7: folder 3
Duties respecting property
circa 1833

Box 8: folder 1
Education, Teachers and Teaching
n.d.

Box 8: folder 2
Family
n.d.

Box 8: folder 3
Personal miscellany
1833-1846, n.d.

Box 8: folder 4
Personal miscellany
1833-1846, n.d.

Box 8: folder 5
Religion
circa 1843-1849, n.d.

Box 8: folder 6
Religion
circa 1843-1849, n.d.

Box 8: folder 7
Religion
circa 1843-1849, n.d.

Box 8: folder 8
Notes on Lyon's Remarks
circa 1837-1849
1 box

Quotations attributed to Lyon
circa 1866-

Box 9: folder 1
Notes by Eliza A. Hubbell Peabody, Class of 1844
1840-1844

Box 9: folder 2
Notes by Sophia Spofford, Class of 1846
1844-1846

Box 9: folder 3
Notes attributed to Fidelia Fiske, Class of 1842
1846-1849

Box 9: folder 4
Notes by an unidentified transcriber
1845-1849

Box 9: folder 5
Copies of notes
1840-1848

Box 9: folder 6
Miscellaneous notes by unidentified transcribers
1847-1849, n.d.

Box 9: folder 7
Biographical Material and Memorabilia
circa 1778-
7 boxes, 66 volumes

Adams, Elmer Cleveland. Heroines of Modern Progress
1921

Box
Alcott, William Andrus. Tall Oaks from Little Acorns: or, Sketches of Distinguished Persons of Humble Origin
1856

Box
Bailey, George H. An Address on the One Hundredth Anniversary of Mary Lyon's birth
1897

Box
Banning, Evelyn I. Mary Lyon of Putnam's Hill: a Biography
1965

Box
Banning, Evelyn I. Mary Lyon of Putnam's Hill: a Biography (typescript of manuscript)
1965

Box
Banning, Evelyn I. Mary Lyon of Putnam's Hill: a Biography (typescript of manuscript)
1965

Box
Banning, Evelyn I. Mary Lyon of Putnam's Hill: a Biography (uncorrected proof)
1965

Box
Baldwin, James. An American Book of Golden Deeds
n.d.

Box
Beilenson, Evelyn and Nick, ed. First Women: American Originators
1988

Box
Bolton, Sarah Knowles. Lives of Girls Who Became Famous
1886

Box
Boynick, David King. Pioneers in Petticoats
1959

Box
Daugherty, Sonia Medvedeva. Ten Brave Women
1953

Box
Douglas, John, Mrs. Life Story of Mary Lyon: Founder of Mount Holyoke College
1897

Box
Evans, Mary. Mary Lyon and Higher Education
1897

Box
Fiske, Fidelia. Recollections of Mary Lyon
1866

Box
Fiske, Fidelia. Recollections of Mary Lyon (reprint)
1995

Box
Fiske, Fidelia. Mary Lyon, Recollections of a Noble Woman
n.d.

Box
Fiske, Fidelia. Mary Lyon, Recollections of a Noble Womann
n.d.

Box
Gilchrist, Beth Bradford. The Life of Mary Lyon
1910

Box
Gilchrist, Beth Bradford. The Life of Mary Lyon
1910

Box
Goodsell, Willystine. Pioneers of Women's Education in the United States
1931

Box
Gracey, Annie Ryder. Eminent Missionary Women
1898

Box
Green, Elizabeth Alden. Mary Lyon and Mount Holyoke: Opening the Gates
1979

Box
Green, Katharine R. Mary Lyon
1935

Box
Green, Katharine R. Biography of Mary Lyon (in Chinese)
1930

Box
Green, Katharine R. Famous Women of the Western World
1934

Box
Heath, Monroe. Great Americans at a Glance
1955-1957

Box
Hitchcock, Edward. The Power of Christian Benevolence: Illustrated in the Life and Labors of Mary Lyon
1851

Box
Hitchcock, Edward. The Power of Christian Benevolence: Illustrated in the Life and Labors of Mary Lyon
1851

Box
Hitchcock, Edward. The Power of Christian Benevolence: Illustrated in the Life and Labors of Mary Lyon
1852

Box
Hitchcock, Edward. The Power of Christian Benevolence: Illustrated in the Life and Labors of Mary Lyon
1852

Box
Hitchcock, Edward. The Power of Christian Benevolence: Illustrated in the Life and Labors of Mary Lyon
1852

Box
Hitchcock, Edward. The Power of Christian Benevolence: Illustrated in the Life and Labors of Mary Lyon
1852

Box
Hitchcock, Edward. The Power of Christian Benevolence: Illustrated in the Life and Labors of Mary Lyon
1852

Box
Hitchcock, Edward. The Power of Christian Benevolence: Illustrated in the Life and Labors of Mary Lyon
1852

Box
Hitchcock, Edward. The Power of Christian Benevolence: Illustrated in the Life and Labors of Mary Lyon
1855

Box
Hitchcock, Edward. The Power of Christian Benevolence: Illustrated in the Life and Labors of Mary Lyon
1856

Box
Hitchcock, Edward. The Power of Christian Benevolence: Illustrated in the Life and Labors of Mary Lyon
1858

Box
Hitchcock, Edward. The Power of Christian Benevolence: Illustrated in the Life and Labors of Mary Lyon
1860

Box
Howe, M.A. De Wolfe. Classic Shades; Five Leaders of Learning and their Colleges
1928

Box
Huckel, Oliver. Higher Education and the Common People
1897

Box
Jandl, Nancy Perrin. Mary Lyon, 1797-1849: a Bibliography
1975

Box
Johnson, Joseph. Noble Women of our Time
1882

Box
The Jubilee Book: Bournemouth High School, Talbot Heath, 1886-1946
1946

Box
Kunz, George Frederick. The Hall of Fame: Proceedings of the Second Unveiling
1908

Box
Life and its Purposes: Illustrated in the Life of Mary Lyon
n.d.

Box
Lyon, Mary. Mary Lyon through her Letters
1937

Box
McLean, Sydney R. Miss Lyon of Mount Holyoke
circa 1930s

Box
Memorabilia of Mary Lyon
1905-1908

Box
Merii Raiyon ichidaiki (in Japanese)
1883

Box
Morgan, James. Daily Jaunts in New England with James Morgan
1931

Box
Moxom, Philip Stafford. Mary Lyon Centennial and the Higher Education of Women
1897

Box
Parkman, Mary Rosetta. Heroines of Service
1917

Box
Prior, Margaret. Walks of Usefulness, or, Reminiscences of Mrs. Margaret Prior
1845

Box
Recollections of Mary Lyon, 1837-1849
1906

Box
Rosen, Dorothy Schack. A Fire in her Bones: The Story of Mary Lyon
1995

Box
Saito, I. Journal of Yamanashi Eiwa Junior College
1989

Box
Stabler, Ernest. Founders: Innovators in Education, 1830-1980
1987

Box
Stengel, H. Oxley. The Story of Mary Lyon
circa 1992

Box
Thayer, William Makepeace. The True Woman: Elements of Character
1858

Box
Thayer, William Makepeace. The Good Girl and True Woman
1866

Box
Whiting, Lilian. Women Who Have Ennobled Life
1915

Box
Wilson, Vincent. The Book of Distinguished American Women
1983

Box
Wilson, Vincent and McClung, Gale S. The Book of Distinguished American Women
2003

Box
Winship, Albert Edward. Great American Educators
1900

Box
Autographs
circa 1820s-1849

Box 10: folder 1
Bibliographies
circa 1930s

Box 10: folder 2
Chronologies
circa 1936

Box 10: folder 3
Lists, Inventories, etc.
circa 1930s-1981

Box 10: folder 4
Inventory project to locate missing Mary Lyon memorabilia (not completed)
January 1977

Box 10: folder 5
The Mary Lyon Room
circa 1904-1975

Box 10: folder 6
The Mary Lyon Room: Photographs
n.d.

Box 10: folder 7
The Offering: a Tribute of Friendship and Affection, 1834. Copy signed by Mary Lyon and presented to Jane Morgan
March 14, 1840

Box 10: folder 8
Funeral sermon, obituaries, monument, will, etc.
1849-1936

Box 10: folder 9
Birthday Observances
1897

Box 10: folder 10
Birthday Observances
1897

Box 10: folder 11
Birthday Observances
1897

Box 10: folder 12
Birthday Observances
1897

Box 10: folder 13
Birthday Observances
1897

Box 10: folder 14
Birthday Observances
1897

Box 11: folder 1
Birthday Observances
1897

Box 11: folder 2
Birthday Observances
1944-1955

Box 11: folder 3
Birthday Observances
1964-1965

Box 11: folder 4
Birthday Observances
1984-1987

Box 11: folder 5
Birthday Observances
1997

Box 11: folder 6
Honors Conferred on Lyon: General Information
circa 1887-1980, n.d.

Box 11: folder 7
Hall of Fame
1905

Box 11: folder 8
Mary Lyon stamp: General
1987

Box 11: folder 9
Mary Lyon stamp: Ceremony
February 28, 1987

Box 11: folder 10
Mary Lyon rose
1988

Box 12: folder 1
Western Massachusetts Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame induction
2005

Box 12: folder 2
Mary Lyon sculpture
2006

Box 12: folder 3
Reminiscences: General Information
1905-1906, n.d.

Box 12: folder 4
Reminiscences: Questionnaires
n.d.

Box 12: folder 5
Correspondence relating to Lyon
1933-

Box 12: folder 6
Poems and plays about Lyon
1879-

Box 12: folder 7
Radio program about "Mary Lyon, Woman Educator" (audiocassette and CD)
1937

Box 12: folder 8
Film relating to Lyon: Mary Lyon: Precious Time
1987

Box 12: folder 9
Film relating to Lyon: Mary Lyon: The Fight for Equal Education (DVD)
2006

Box 12: folder 10
Mary Lyon Lecture Series
1997-

Box 12: folder 11
Articles, essays, etc.
n.d.

Box 12: folder 12
Articles, essays, etc.
1849-1867

Box 13: folder 1
Articles, essays, etc.
1877-1894

Box 13: folder 2
Articles, essays, etc.
1898-1904

Box 13: folder 3
Articles, essays, etc.
1905-1927

Box 13: folder 4
Articles, essays, etc.
1928-1969

Box 13: folder 5
Articles, essays, etc.
1970-1988

Box 13: folder 6
Articles, essays, etc.
1990-1998

Box 13: folder 7
Articles, essays, etc.
2000-

Box 13: folder 8
Scraps of Lyon's dresses
n.d.

Box 14: folder 1
Lyon's writing case
n.d.

Box 14: folder 2
Fern from cellar wall of Lyon's birthplace, Buckland, Mass.
1885

Box 14: folder 3
Pieces of wood from Lyon's birthplace
n.d.

Box 14: folder 4
Rock broken from doorstep of Lyon's birthplace
n.d.

Box 14: folder 5
Piece of wood from Lyon's birthplace
n.d.

Box 14: folder 6
Piece of rock to which Lyon repaired for study
n.d.

Box 14: folder 7
Lyon's nightcap
n.d.

Box 14: folder 8
Hand-woven towel owned by Lyon
n.d.

Box 14: folder 9
Mary Lyon doll-Sebastian miniature with Boston Globe article about these miniatures
n.d., 1980

Box 14: folder 10
Ivory miniature portrait of Lyon
1832

Box 14: folder 11
Spoon from Squire Thomas White's home, Ashfield, Mass.
n.d.

Box 14: folder 12
Oval pin containing lock of braided hair believed to be Lyon's
n.d.

Box 14: folder 13
Oval pin containing lock of gray hair said to be Lyon's (unlikely)
n.d.

Box 14: folder 14
Butter dish that belonged to Lyon
n.d.

Box 14: folder 15
Printing plate for title page of Missionary Offering by Lyon
1834

Box 14: folder 16
Die of illustration of Lyon's grave used in History of Mount Holyoke Seminary
1887

Box 14: folder 17
Original key and copy of key to Seminary Building
n.d.

Box 14: folder 18
Piece of dress Lyon wore on examination day
n.d.

Box 14: folder 19
Mary Lyon doll (shelved in Folio)
n.d.

Box 14: folder 20
Lead box from Lyon's casket
n.d.

Box 14: folder 21
Stockings, white wool, made of yarn spun by Lyon
n.d.

Box 15: folder 22
Pieces of Lyon's dresses, one plaid, one figured
n.d.

Box 15: folder 23
Lyon's ring (pearls and garnet)
n.d.

Box 15: folder 24
Lyon's thimble
n.d.

Box 15: folder 25
Lyon's pin (topaz and pearls)
n.d.

Box 15: folder 26
Lyon's gold bracelet
n.d.

Box 15: folder 27
Piece of Lyon's mother's wedding dress, brown, figured
1784

Box 15: folder 28
Cross made of piece of Lyon's hair
n.d.

Box 15: folder 29
Lyon's linen kerchief
n.d.

Box 15: folder 30
Scrap of material from Lyon's dress, figured
n.d.

Box 15: folder 31
Cross made of lock of Lyon's hair
n.d.

Box 15: folder 32
Pin cushion made from one of Lyon's green velvet bags
n.d.

Box 15: folder 33
Lyon's pocket knife (pearl handle)
n.d.

Box 15: folder 34
Piece of Lyon's bonnet, off-white and beige
n.d.

Box 15: folder 35
Lock of Lyon's hair in a wooden oval frame
n.d.

Box 15: folder 36
Lock of Lyon's hair
n.d.

Box 15: folder 37
Locks of Lyon's hair (four packets)
n.d.

Box 15: folder 38
Lock of Lyon's hair
n.d.

Box 15: folder 39
Lock of Lyon's hair
n.d.

Box 15: folder 40
Locks of Lyon's hair (six packets)
n.d.

Box 15: folder 41
Locks of Lyon's hair (one vial)
n.d.

Box 15: folder 42
Silhouette of Lyon in an oval frame
n.d.

Box 15: folder 43
Silhouette of Lyon in an oval frame, initials OCR
n.d.

Box 15: folder 44
Pocketbook that belonged to Lyon's mother
n.d.

Box 15: folder 45
Lock of Jemima Smith Shepard's hair (Lyon's grandmother)
n.d.

Box 15: folder 46
Piece of Lyon's mother's wedding dress, black and white
1784

Box 15: folder 47
Cross made of locks of hair from Lyon and Fidelia Fiske hair
n.d.

Box 15: folder 48
Two small pictures drawn by Lyon of a house and flowers in a vase
n.d.

Box 15: folder 49
Linen sheet woven by Lyon, off white
n.d.

Box 15: folder 50
Linen homespun woven by Lyon, blue and white check
n.d.

Box 15: folder 51
Rectangular pin containing lock of hair (possibly Lyon's)
n.d.

Box 15: folder 52
Lyon's purse
n.d.

Box 15: folder 53
Lyon's eye glasses
n.d.

Box 15: folder 54
Green velvet bag used by Lyon to collect funds for the establishment of the MH Female Seminary
n.d.

Box 15: folder 55
Butter knife and horseshoe excavated from grave near Lyon's birthplace, Buckland
n.d.

Box 15: folder 56
Two coins from the birthplace: New Jersey coin and large U.S. cent
1787, 1823

Box 15: folder 57
Items found in Mary Lyon's birthplace cellar hole (shelved in Folio)
n.d.

Box 15: folder 58
Lyon's writing desk (shelved in Objects Collection)
n.d.

Box 15: folder 59
Watercolor portrait of Lyon by Katherine Baldwin Sullivan, exhibited at the World's Columbian Exposition
1893

Box 15: folder 60
1560Watercolor portrait of Lyon by Katherine Baldwin Sullivan, exhibited at the World's Columbian Exposition 1893
Medal from Mary Lyon's induction into the National Women's Hall of Fame
1993

Box 15: folder 61
Memorabilia from the Mary Lyon Room Collection


Box 16
Medal of William Henry Harrison
September 10, 1840

Box 16: folder 1
Cable, Brazilian
n.d.

Box 16: folder 2
Handle of a door latch taken from one of the lower story rooms in the old Dwight Mansion
n.d.

Box 16: folder 3
Piece of a plaque (yellow, broken)
n.d.

Box 16: folder 4
Spinning wheel finger (wood)
n.d.

Box 16: folder 5
Wooden box with picture of Lyman Williston Hall on cover, contains stick pins
n.d.

Box 16: folder 6
Wooden butter stamp from Skane, Sweden
n.d.

Box 16: folder 7
Wood handle
n.d.

Box 16: folder 8
Blue sash (Seminary Anniversary) worn by Clara Torrey Fitch, Class of 1854
n.d.

Box 16: folder 9
Mount Vernon gem-containing likeness of George Washington and view of Mount Vernon
n.d.

Box 16: folder 10
Cap, lace
n.d.

Box 16: folder 11
Colonial $8 bill
September 26, 1778

Box 16: folder 12
Socks, pair (specimen of old-time dyeing with chestnut bark)
n.d.

Box 16: folder 13
Black crocheted bag
n.d.

Box 16: folder 14
Knife (pearl handle)
n.d.

Box 16: folder 15
Spun yarn and knitting probably started by Fidelia Fiske, Class of 1842
n.d.

Box 16: folder 16
Cape that belonged to Fidelia Fiske
n.d.

Box 16: folder 17
Silk plaid, from only silk dress Fidelia Fiske had in Persia
n.d.

Box 16: folder 18
Carpet slipper
n.d.

Box 16: folder 19
Small hand-carved cylindrical box
n.d.

Box 16: folder 20
Quill made for writing by Elizabeth Lewis Rogers, x-Class of 1871
n.d.

Box 16: folder 21
Comb (tortoise shell)
n.d.

Box 16: folder 22
Sash (blue grosgrain ribbon), worn by Hettie Dodd Carter, Class of 1871
n.d.

Box 16: folder 23
Napkin ring made from the horn of an Egyptian ox
n.d.

Box 16: folder 24
Gold pin containing a lock of hair, initials C.M.
n.d.

Box 16: folder 25
Ring, graduate's, gold double band, belonged to Esther E. Hall, Class of 1854
n.d.

Box 16: folder 26
Sampler worked in Miss Ward's School, Bridgeport, Connecticut
n.d.

Box 16: folder 27
Fan, feather, painted with ivory sticks
n.d.

Box 16: folder 28
Ribbon worn by Philomela Greene Mower, Class of 1847, on her bonnet during her senior year
circa 1846

Box 16: folder 29
Tablecloth, spun and woven by S.P. Linsley part of her wedding outfit (shelved in Folio)
1814

Box 16: folder 30
Four bureau scarves, decorated with blue yarn, woven by the first Mrs. Porter (shelved in Folio)
n.d.

Box 16: folder 31
Needle book (shelved in Folio)
n.d.

Box 16: folder 32
Three replicas of Lyon's green velvet bag
n.d.

Box 16: folder 33
Mary Lyon's Library
1809-1847
28 volumes

Arnold, Seth. The Intellectual House-Keeper: A Series of Practical Questions to his Daughters
1835

Box
Beecher, Catharine Esther. Suggestions Respecting Improvements in Education, Presented to the Trustees of the Hartford Female Seminary
1829

Box
Bible
1814

Box
Bible
1838

Box
Bigelow, Jacob. Elements of Technology, Taken Chiefly from a Course of Lectures Delivered at Cambridge
1829

Box
Burritt, Elijah Hinsdale. The Comet of 1832: Being a Planisphere Representation of its Apparent Course in the Heavens (shelved in Folio)
1832

Box
Bush, George. A Treatise on the Millennium
1832

Box
Butterworth, John. A New Concordance to the Holy Scriptures
1828

Box
Coates, Reynell. Physiology for Schools
1840

Box
De la Beche, Henry Thomas. Researches in Theoretical Geology
1837

Box
Dix, Dorothea Lynde. Conversations on Common Things
1824

Box
Eaton, Amos. A Manuel of Botany, for the Northern and Middle States of America
1824

Box
Edwards, Bela Bates. The Missionary Gazetteer; Comprising a Geographical and Statistical Account of the Various Stations
1832

Box
Emerson, Ralph. Life of Rev. Joseph Emerson, Pastor of the Third Congregational Church
1834

Box
Gallaudet, T.H. The Child's Book on the Soul
1831

Box
Goodrich, Charles Augustus. Stories on the History of Connecticut
1829

Box
Hitchcock, Edward. Dyspepsy Forestalled and Resisted
1830

Box
Hildreth, Hosea. A View of the United States
1830

Box
Jarvis, Edward. Practical Physiology
1847

Box
Milton, John. Milton's Poetical Works
1830-1839

Box
Morse, Jedidiah. A Compendious History of New England of New England
1809

Box
Prentiss, Charles. History of the United of America
1822

Box
Prescott, William Hickling. History of the Conquest of Peru (two volumes)
1847

Box
Robinson, Edward. A Dictionary of the Holy Bible
1833

Box
Trimmer, Sarah Kirby. A Concise History of England, Comprised in a Set of Easy Lessons
1818

Box
Walker, John. A Critical Pronouncing Dictionary
1819

Box
Watts, Isaac. The Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs of the Rev. Isaac Watts
1827

Box
Woodbridge, William C. Universal Geography
1824

Box
Lyon Family
1836-
1 box
Box 16
General information: letter by Franklin Smith Lyon to Aaron Ezra Lyon, list of the names and birth dates of Aaron Lyon's children, magazine articles, newspaper clippings and photographs
1836-

Box 17: folder 1
Lyon(s), A.B. and G.W.A. Lyon, editors. The Lyon Memorial: Massachusetts Families. Detroit, Michigan: Wm. Graham Printing Co.
1905

Box 17: folder 2
Genealogies
1943-1977

Box 17: folder 3
Genealogies
1980-

Box 17: folder 4
Genealogies
n.d.

Box 17: folder 5
Photograph album that appears to contain portraits of Mary Lyon's brother, Aaron E. Lyon, and his relatives. Includes tintypes. With related notes.
circa 1860s-circa 1900

Box 17: folder 6
Places Associated with Mary Lyon
1849-
1 box
Box 17
Ashfield and Byfield, Massachusetts: articles, historical sketches, newspaper clippings, notes, postcards and photographs
circa 1883-

Box 18: folder 1
Buckland, Massachusetts: abstract of title to Lyon's birthplace articles, historical sketches, newspaper clippings, notes, information about Mary Lyon Education Fund, Inc., maps, postcards and a photograph
circa 1879-

Box 18: folder 2
Buckland, Massachusetts: pamphlets and booklets published for anniversary celebrations
1879, 1880, 1979

Box 18: folder 3
Buckland, Massachusetts: postcards and photographs of Mary Lyon's birthplace
1905, n.d.

Box 18: folder 4
Buckland, Massachusetts: prints and drawings of Mary Lyon's birthplace
1849-

Box 18: folder 5
185Buckland, Massachusetts: prints and drawings of Mary Lyon's birthplace 1849-
Buckland, Massachusetts: materials from Mary Lyon Day celebration, including invitations, brochures, newspaper clippings, and address (text and cassette tapes) by William S. McFeely entitled "Mary Lyon: The Life of Her Mind"
October 5, 1985

Box 18: folder 6
Portraits and Other Likeness
1832-
1 box
Box 18
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, lists and notes concerning photographs and other likenesses of Mary Lyon, circa 1909-


Box 19: folder 1
Ivory miniature portrait of Lyon: photographs, prints, and copies of the portrait
1832-

Box 19: folder 2
192Ivory miniature portrait of Lyon: photographs, prints, and copies of the portrait 1832-
Daguerreotype of Lyon: prints
1845-

Box 19: folder 3
193Daguerreotype of Lyon: prints 1845-
Ferrotype of Lyon: prints
circa 1845-

Box 19: folder 4
Oil portrait of Lyon by Joseph G. Chandler: newspaper articles, prints
1844-

Box 19: folder 5
Oil portrait of Lyon by Louise R. Jewett: newspaper clippings, postcards and prints
1906-

Box 19: folder 6
Oil portrait by Alice Jones Peck: correspondence, prints
1908-

Box 19: folder 7
Other portraits of Lyon by unidentified artists: newspaper clippings, notes and prints
1939, n.d.

Box 19: folder 8
Other portraits of Lyon by unidentified artists: prints
n.d.

Box 19: folder 9
Bust of Lyon by Laura Gardin Fraser in the Hall of Fame for Women, New York University: order of exercises, information about the artist, and prints
1907-

Box 19: folder 10
Silhouettes of Lyon: correspondence, prints, and silhouette by Dorothy Cogswell
circa 1926-

Box 19: folder 11
Microfilm and Guides
1987-
3 boxes
Box 19
Microfilm of Lyon's correspondence and writings (1 set, 4 reels), with copies of card catalogue entries for her letters, the register for the collection, the guide to the microfilm, transcripts of selected letters, and copies of letters not microfilmed with summaries of those documents
1987-

Box 20
Microfilm of Lyon's correspondence and writings (1 set, 4 reels), with copies of card catalogue entries for her letters, the register for the collection, the guide to the microfilm, transcripts of selected letters, and copies of letters not microfilmed with summaries of those documents
1987-

Box 21
Microfilm of Lyon's correspondence and writings (1 set, 4 reels), with copies of card catalogue entries for her letters, the register for the collection, the guide to the microfilm, transcripts of selected letters, and copies of letters not microfilmed with summaries of those documents
1987-

Box 22
Oversize (Folio) Material
circa 1827-
3 boxes
Box 22
Oversize (Folio) material from other series in the collection
circa 1827-

Box 23
Oversize (Folio) material from other series in the collection
circa 1827-

Box 24
Oversize (Folio) material from other series in the collection
circa 1827-

Box 25

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Subjects
  • Ashfield, Mass.
  • Banister, Zilpah P. Grant (Zilpah Polly Grant), 1794-1874.
  • Buckland, Mass.
  • Burgess, Abigail M. (Abigail Moore), 1813-1853.
  • Byfield Seminary.
  • Byfield, Mass.
  • Cowles, Eunice C. (Eunice Caldwell), 1811-1903.
  • Detroit (Mich.)--Description and travel.
  • Erie Canal (N.Y.)
  • Guilford, L.T. (Linda Thayer).
  • Ipswich Female Seminary (Ipswich, Mass.)
  • Lyon, Mary, 1797-1849.
  • Lyons family.
  • Missionaries--United States.
  • Mount Holyoke Female Seminary--Recollections.
  • Mount Holyoke Female Seminary.
  • New York (State)--Description and travel.
  • Pennsylvania--Description and travel.
  • Perkins, Justin, 1805-1869.
  • Sanderson Academy (Ashfield, Mass.)
  • Wheaton Female Seminary (Norton, Mass.)
  • Women educators--United States.
  • Women teachers--United States.
  • Women--Education (Higher)--United States--History.
  • Women--Massachusetts--Religious life.

Genre terms
  • Audiocassettes.
  • DVDs.
  • Diaries.
  • Genealogies.
  • Jewelry.
  • Lecture notes.
  • Letters.
  • Microfilms.
  • Notebooks.
  • Photograph albums.
  • Photographs.
  • Portraits.
  • Postage stamps.
  • Postcards.
  • Reminiscences.
  • Sermons.
  • Textiles.
  • Tintypes.
  • Wills.


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