Fanny Fern and Ethel Parton Papers
Fanny Fern and Ethel Parton Papers, 1805-1982
15 boxes (7 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 117
Author, journalist, columnist, children's author, and humorist. Sara Payson Willis wrote for several small Boston magazines under the name Fanny Fern; numerous newspapers soon published her pieces. She had a regular weekly column in the New York Ledger and was one of the first woman columnists. Ethel Parton, granddaughter of Sara Willis and James Parton, worked as a writer and literary assistant, and at age 70 began writing children's books. Materials include extensive writings, correspondence, sketches, albums, and photographs.
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The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.
The copyright owner of unpublished works by Fanny Fern and Ethel Parton is unknown. Elaine Gellis Bradshaw has retained rights to "Popular Pundit: Fanny Fern and the Emergence of the American Newspaper Columnist;" copyright to "Who on Earth Was Fanny Fern?" has been retained by Ruth Sexton Sargent; and the Parton family have retained literary rights to "Fanny Fern: An Informal Biography" by Ethel Parton. 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.
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