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Abby Morton Diaz Papers, 1879-1900
1 box (.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 48

Abstract:
Author, Suffragist, Social reformer. The Abby Morton Diaz Papers include biographical articles; articles and pamphlets written by Diaz; photographs; suffrage leaflets; reports of the Women's Educational and Industrial Union; miscellaneous pamphlets; and a book that includes a speech by Diaz.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The Papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright ownership of the Diaz Papers is unknown. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. It is probable that the materials in this collection are in the public domain. Permission to publish reproductions must be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Abby Morton Diaz (1821-1904) was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Her father, Ichabod Morton, was a social reformer involved in anti-slavery, temperance, and (with Horace Mann) education movements. Abby was secretary for the Juvenile Anti-Slavery Society as a girl. Her family moved to the Brook Farm Community in 1842, where Abby stayed to teach until 1847. She married Manuel Diaz, a Cuban, in 1845. They later separated. Abby taught singing and opened a dancing school in Plymouth. She published her first story in Atlantic Monthly in 1861 and thereafter published juvenile stories and articles on "domestic culture," social reform for women, religious freedom, transcendentalism, and in later years, Christian Science. A children's book, The William Henry Letters, was published in 1870. Abby was one of the original board members of the Women's Education and Industrial Union of Boston (1877) and served as its president, 1881-92, and vice president, 1892-1902. After 1902, she was the honorary president. She traveled and lectured throughout the U.S., and eventually became active in the suffrage movement.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Abby Morton Diaz Papers include biographical articles, articles and pamphlets written by Diaz, photographs, suffrage leaflets, reports of the Women's Educational and Industrial Union, miscellaneous pamphlets, and a book that includes a speech by Diaz.


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 without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright ownership of the Diaz Papers is unknown. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. It is probable that the materials in this collection are in the public domain. Permission to publish reproductions must 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:

Abby Morton Diaz Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Ralph Morton Diaz, grandson of Abby Morton Diaz, donated the Diaz Papers to the Sophia Smith Collection in 1953.

Processing Information

Processed by Amy Hague, 2013.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

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Fax: (413) 585-2886

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Language
English

Contents List
SERIES I. BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS



Contents


Box 1: folder 1
Articles about Diaz,
1883-1904, n.d.

Box 1: folder 2
Photograph (photostat),
n.d.

Box 1: folder 3
SERIES II. WRITINGS AND SPEECHES



Pamphlets and articles,
1879-99, n.d.

Box 1: folder 4
Speech by Diaz in Old Anti-Slavery Days. Proceedings of the Commemorative Meeting, Held by the Danvers Historical Society,
1893

Box 1: folder 5
Publishers' circulars,
1930, n.d.

Box 1: folder 6
Writings by others



Old South Leaflets, Fourth Series,(by Patrick Henry, Thomas Paine, and others from the American Revolution era)
1886

Box 1: folder 7
Miscellaneous pamphlets and articles,
1871, 1886, n.d.

Box 1: folder 8
SERIES III. PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES



Suffrage leaflets,
1888-1900

Box 1: folder 9
Women's Educational and Industrial Union: reports,
1887, n.d.

Box 1: folder 10

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Subjects
  • Abolitionists--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Anti-slavery movements--United States-History--Sources
  • Authors, American--19th century--Biography--Sources
  • Diaz, Abby Morton, 1821-1904
  • Social reformers--Massachusetts--Biography--Sources
  • Women's Educational and Industrial Union (Boston, Mass.)
  • Women--Suffrage--United States--History--Sources


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