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Caroline Maria Seymour Severance Papers, 1861-1920
1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 145

Abstract:
Woman's club leader; women's rights activist; and abolitionist. The Severance Papers include a small amount of biographical material; two photographs of Jesse Benton Fremont; a book about the women's club movement; Caroline Severance's guest book; and a scrapbook kept by Caroline Severance's daughter, Julia Long Severance (Burrage). The guest book and scrapbook include autographs, quotations, notes, correspondence, drawings, photographs, and memorabilia of many notable persons. Louisa May Alcott, A. Bronson Alcott, Catharine Beecher, Alice Stone Blackwell, Lydia Maria Child, Frederick Douglass, Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Lloyd Garrison, Ulysses S. Grant, Sarah Grimke, Julia Ward Howe, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, Booker T. Washington, John Greenleaf Whittier are included, among many others.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

The copyright owner of this collection is unknown. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Caroline Maria Seymour Severance, daughter of a bank officer, was born in Canandaigua, New York in 1820. She graduated as valedictorian from Miss Record's Female Seminary in 1835 at age fifteen and served on the faculty of Auburn Female Seminary. She married Ohio banker Theodore C. Severance in 1840 and settled in Cleveland where, after hearing lectures by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Bronson Alcott, she became increasingly committed to social justice and peace. Severance lectured and published on women's rights and participated actively in the abolitionist movement throughout the 1850s. She moved to the Boston area in 1855. While living in Massachusetts she served on the board of New England Hospital; founded the New England Woman's Club with Julia Ward Howe and Ednah D. Cheney, among others, in 1868; and organized the American Association for the Advancement of Women. In 1875 Severance moved again, this time to Los Angeles, where she organized the Los Angeles Women's Club in 1878. Caroline Severance died in 1914 at the age of 95.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Severance Papers include a small amount of biographical material about Caroline Seymour Severance; some correspondence; two photographs of Jesse Benton Fremont; a book about the women's club movement; Caroline Severance's guest book, and a scrapbook kept by Caroline Severance's daughter, Julia Long Severance (Burrage).

The guest book and scrapbook include autographs, quotations, notes, correspondence, drawings, photographs, and memorabilia of many notable abolitionists, woman's rights advocates, and members of the women's club movement. Louisa May Alcott, A. Bronson Alcott, Catharine Beecher, Alice Stone Blackwell, Lydia Maria Child, Frederick Douglass, Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Lloyd Garrison, Ulysses S. Grant, Sarah Grimke, Julia Ward Howe, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, Booker T. Washington, John Greenleaf Whittier are included, among many others.


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

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

The copyright owner of this collection is unknown. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

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

Caroline Maria Seymour Severance Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, MA

History of the Collection

The Caroline Maria Seymour Severance Papers were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection in 1950-53 by Caroline's granddaughter, Caroline S. Burrage.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised in 2002 by Gayla Spaulding, intern.


Additional Information
Contact Information
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Language
English.