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Guide to the Sarah Orne Jewett Papers, 1849-1909

Collection number: MC 128

Size: 1 box (0.33 cu.ft.)

About Sarah Orne Jewett

Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909), author and poet, was born and lived in South Berwick, Maine. Sarah Orne Jewett, it has been noted, gave a “permanence to a disappearing order of New England, the remote provincial life which had lingered a few years after the dissolution of the West Indian trade before being engulfed by the new civilization of smoke and steam.” She published her first article at the age of nineteen and went on to write a number of novels, a collection of children’s stories, and many sketches of country life. Perhaps her best known works are The Country of the Pointed Firs and the short story “A White Heron.” In 1901, Bowdoin College recognized Jewett’s contribution to American literature by awarding her an honorary Litt.D. – the first the school ever conferred upon a woman.

Biographical information from Dictionary of American Biography, Vol. 10. Dumas Malone, ed. Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1933.

About the Sarah Orne Jewett Papers

The Sarah Orne Jewett Collection contains 9 letters written by Jewett from 1880-1891, various printed materials, and a family photo album.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Sarah Orne Jewett Papers, 1849-1909, MC 128, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Purchases: multiple acquisitions, 1975-1981 (Accession numbers: 63, 72, 78, 761, 7723, 7746, 784, 8143)

Gifts: multiple acquisitions, 1982-1991 (Accession numbers: 8154, 8238, 8333, 856, 8547, 928)

Trade: Anthony Garnett Rare Books, July 28, 1980 (Accession number: 807)

Collection Contents

Series I: Correspondence, 1880-1891

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 Jewett to Mr. Parker, June 10, 1880
Box 1, Folder 2 Jewett to Mr. Updike, May 19, 1885
Box 1, Folder 3 Jewett to Frances Smith, August 28, 1890
Box 1, Folder 4 Jewett to Louisa L. Dresel, January 20, 1891
Box 1, Folder 5 Jewett to Frances Smith, February 15, 1891
Box 1, Folder 6 Jewett to Louisa L. Dresel, August 2, 1891
Box 1, Folder 7 Jewett to Louisa L. Dresel, June 11, n.d.
Box 1, Folder 8 Jewett to Mr. Bell, July 31, n.d.
Box 1, Folder 9 Jewett to Miss Brace, February 15, n.d.

Series II: Printed Materials, 1949-1990

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 10 “Betty Leicester’s Christmas,” 1990
Box 1, Folder 11 “Letter from Greece,” (Jewett to “Billy,” April 23, 1900), 1984
Box 1, Folder 12 “A Neighbors Landmark: A Winter Story with a Christmas Ending,” 1983
Box 1, Folder 13 “Verses by Sarah Orne Jewett,” 1949

Series III: Photographs

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 14 Photographs: copy negatives and duplicate photos; family photo album