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Sarah and Anna Kempton Papers

Identifier: SMC-008

Scope and Contents

The Sarah Kempton collection contains two letters from Sarah Kempton to her cousin Rebecca Bailey regarding the summer of 1844, and from Sarah and her sister Anna M. B. Kempton to Rebecca discussing the regulations of Wheaton Seminary, 1844. The letters contain light-hearted descriptions of plans for summer activities and youthful exchanges between cousins. Sarah's drawing book, created while she was a student at the Seminary in 1844, contains fanciful sketches of scenery and stonework.


  • 1844


Access Restrictions

No restrictions. Open for research.


Copyright is retained by the authors, or their descendants, of items in these papers as stipulated by United States copyright law.


Sarah and Anna Kempton, the daughters of William W. Kempton and Sarah (Bailey) Kempton, were from New Bedford, Massachusetts. Anna attended Wheaton Seminary from 1842 to 1844, while Sarah attended from 1842 to 1845.

Sarah, born May 1, 1826, married Jacob Soule Parker in 1847. They had ten children and continued to live in New Bedford. She probably died on Sept. 9, 1906.


0.2 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

Language of Materials



The collection contains two letters written by Sarah and Anna Kempton, as well as Sarah's drawing book, and black lace mitts. The letters are dated 1844.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The sketchbook and letters were donated to Wheaton by Sarah Kempton Parker's granddaughter, Alice Washburn Dahlen, 162 Main St., Kingston, MA, in February 1956. It is not clear if she also donated the lace mitts.

Collection description entered into database in 2008.

Separated Materials

The black lace mitts have been physically separated from the Sarah Kempton Collection, and relocated to drawer 22.

Processing Information

Processed by: Ashley Kuhn, W09, November 2008

Encoded using Archivist Toolkit by: Hanna Juergens, W13, 2012

Encoding edited by: Megan Wheaton-Book, Assistant Archivist, 2012

Inventory of the Sarah & Anna Kempton Papers
Ashley Kuhn W09
November 2008
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Repository Details

Part of the Marion B. Gebbie Archives and Special Collections Repository

Wheaton College
26 East Main Street
Norton Massachusetts 02766