Guide to the Wallace-Kimball Papers, 1827-1842
Collection number: MC 12
Size: 1 box
About James Burns Wallace and George Kimball
James Burns Wallace (1813-1853) was born in Salem, N.H. He eventually settled in
Canaan, N.H., where he worked as a printer, merchant, teacher, and soldier. He
described himself as a “reformist, an abolitionist, a pure Radical.” George Kimball
(1787-1858) was an attorney, a postmaster, and an antislavery advocate from Canaan,
N.H. With others, he founded a school for higher learning in the town - Noyes
Academy - in 1834 and persuaded the trustees and patrons to admit pupils without
regard to color. However, after a number of black students had been admitted, there
was an uprising by members of the adjacent communities who forcibly removed them
from the town and then dismantled the building.
About the Wallace-Kimball papers
The collection contains 42 letters, 18 of them to George Kimball and 17 written by
James Burns Wallace. Most of Wallace’s letters are addressed to his brother, William
A. Wallace. These concern Kimball’s school, Wallace’s employment as a printer, and
business conditions during the period. There are also letters from other members of
the Wallace family and manuscripts of two articles written by James B. Wallace. The
letters written to Kimball, from abolitionists Samuel H. Cox, David Child and N.P.
Rogers, an attorney and editor of the Herald of
Freedom, an antislavery newspaper published in Concord, concern legal
matters and pledge support for Kimball’s school corresponded with Kimball.
This collection is open.
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[Identification of item], Wallace-Kimball Papers, 1827-1842, MC 12, Milne Special
Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH,
Purchase, Manuscript Co. of Springfield, 1982 (Accession number: 821)
|Box 1, Folder 1||Letters to George Kimball, from Moody Kent (3) and N.P. Rogers
|Box 1, Folder 2||Letters to George Kimball, from Josiah Forsyth (?) (1), George
Kent (2), Francis N. Fisk (1), 1828|
|Box 1, Folder 3||Letters to George Kimball, one each from Stephen Ambrose and N.P.
|Box 1, Folder 4||Letters to George Kimball, one each from N. P. Rogers and William
|Box 1, Folder 5||Letters to George Kimball, one each from Samuel H. Cox and Amos
A. Brewster, 1834-1835|
|Box 1, Folder 6||Letters from N.P. Rogers (3), undated|
|Box 1, Folder 7||Letters from James B. Wallace,
|Box 1, Folder 8||Letters from James B. Wallace,
|Box 1, Folder 9||Letters from James B. Wallace,
|Box 1, Folder 10||Letters from James B. Wallace,
|Box 1, Folder 11||Wallace family correspondence, 7 items, undated|
|Box 1, Folder 12||Manuscript: "Canaan” by James Burns Wallace,
|Box 1, Folder 13||Manuscript: “Killing Time” by James Burns Wallace,