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Susan Hayes Ward Papers

Identifier: SMC-012

Scope and Contents

Susan Hayes Ward's collection includes poems, songs and papers. Her Christmas greeting entitled “The Royal Guest” and the song “Fair Wheaton for the 75th Anniversary” are both part of Susan Ward's collection. Poems written by Susan for A Wheaton Month are: “First Day;” “Fifth Day;” “Seventeenth Day;” “Twentieth Day;” and “Twenty-sixth Day.” Also parts of her collection are sections from Susan’s copy book, 1854-57 and a copy of the winter term role book, 1854-55. Biographical information on Susan Hayes Ward is included in Lesley Lee Francis's Robert Frost and his Editors: Susan Hayes Ward, which was presented at the Philological Association of the Carolinas, 1984 as well as Lesley Lee Francis's “Robert Frost and Susan Hayes Ward,” from the Massachusetts Review, 1985.


  • 1854-1985
  • 1854 - 1918


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.

Biographical / Historical

Susan Hayes Ward was born in Abington, MA in 1838. She attended Wheaton Seminary from 1853 to 1855, and studied art in Boston, New York, Dresden and Paris. Later she studied at the Women’s Medical College in Boston. She taught at the Berwick Academy, ME; Guilford Institute, CT; and Knox Seminary, Galesburg, IL.

Susan wrote and lectured on home art. She was an art critic for the New York Independent, 1889 - 93 and office editor, 1892 - 98. She also worked in the Home Department of Foreign Missionary Work, and was vice president of the Women’s Board of Missions and was a member of the American Oriental Society. Susan was the author of Sabina Hackett; Christus Hymn; The Green Guess Book; History of the Broadway Tabernacle Church, 1901; and George Hepworth, Preacher, Journalist, Friend of the People, 1903. She edited the Lucy Larcom Memorial Edition of Rushlight in 1894.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Found in Collection. Acquisition information not available for this collection. Collection inputted into database in 2008.

Separated Materials

Photographs have been separated and housed with other Manuscript Collection photographs.

Processing Information

Processed by: Ashley Kuhn, W09, December 2008

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

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

Inventory of the Susan Hayes Ward Papers
Ashley Kuhn, W09
December 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