Mott Manuscripts, SFHL-MSS-035

Date created 1831-1959
Creator Mott, Lucretia, 1793-1880
Abstract Lucretia Mott was a prominent Philadelphia Quaker minister and a leader in reform movements, especially antislavery, education, peace, and women's rights. The bulk of the collection consists of material which was assembled at the time of the publication of Life and Letters by Anna Davis Hallowell in 1884. It includes original correspondence of Lucretia Mott and her husband, James M. Mott, with family and other reformers of their day. The collection also contains sermons, essays, and antislavery documents, and the diary of Lucretia Mott's trip to England to attend the World's Antislavery Convention of 1840.
Additional Description The vast majority of this collection is made up of letters to and from Lucretia Mott, as well as third-party correspondence. As much newsy as political, Mott's letters to family and friends discuss daily goings-on, health, travel, etc., in addition to her reform work. A significant portion of her letters, especially outgoing, are copies of documents held in other repositories. The portion of the most concentrated interest is her diary from the 1840 World's Antislavery Convention, which speaks in detail about women's treatment both at the convention and in the movement more generally.
Research Interest Lucretia Mott has long been recognized as the center of Philadelphia's abolitionist and reform community, and thus this collection is crucial for understanding not only her own work but also activism in the region and nation. In particular, her papers document the role of women in the abolitionist movement and the relationship between abolitionism and the 19th-century women's rights movement.
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Local identifier MSS 035
Contributing institution Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
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