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Harriet E. Paine Papers

Identifier: SMC-015

Scope and Contents

Manuscripts of published and unpublished works written by Harriet E. Paine, “The Story of the Parzival of Wolfram Von Eschenbach;” “Alcestis of Euripides;” “Dorothea Lynde Dix;” “The Women of Anthony Trollop;” “The Women of Thackeray;” and “William Lloyd Garrison and Some Other Abolitionists” exist as part of her manuscript collection.

Also included in the Harriet E. Paine manuscripts is the correspondence from Harriet E. Paine to Mr. William Lord concerning the Civil War, 1861; to Mr. Chapin concerning her biography of Mrs. Wheaton, 1906; to Mary, in which Harriet discusses her plans; and to Wheaton President Dr. Samuel V. Cole concerning clippings about Wheaton Seminary’s war efforts, 1915.


  • 1861-1915
  • 1905 - 1915


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

Author, teacher, and lecturer, Harriet E. Paine (1845-1910) , of Gardner, MA, was the daughter of the Reverend John C. and Elizabeth F. Paine. She was born in Rehoboth, MA, and graduated from Wheaton Seminary in 1862. She was a teacher from 1863 to 1881: taught at Wheaton Seminary, spent two years at the “State Idiot Asylum” in Columbus, OH, and was principal of the Robinson Female Seminary in Worcester. Harriet spent a year abroad in 1872, and published her first book, New England Bird Songs in 1882.

Harriet was a close friend of Wheaton Seminary’s founder and benefactress, Eliza Baylies Chapin Wheaton, and authored a laudatory biography of her, The Life of Eliza Baylies Wheaton (1907). This biography is particularly valuable because during her research, Harriet had access to letters, diaries, and other materials that did not become part of the Wheaton College Archives or the Wheaton Family Papers.


0.7 Cubic Feet (7 folders)

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Harriet E. Paine's Papers includes published and unpublished manuscripts focusing on classical works and abolition. Paine's collection also has correspondence to William Lord regarding the Civil War, Samuel Austin Chapin (brother of Eliza Baylies Wheaton), and Wheaton College President Dr. Samuel V. Cole concerning Wheaton Seminary's War efforts circa 1915.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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


A typed transcript for the following lectures is located in the case file for MC 015: "The Alcestis of Euripides", "The Story of the Parzival of Wolfram von Eschenbach", "The Women of Anthony Trollope", "The Women of Thackeray", "William Lloyd Garrison and Some Other Abolitionists", "Dorothea Lynde Dix".

Related Materials

Related materials in the Marion B. Gebbie Archives and Special Collections include correspondence in the Lucy Larcom Collection, 1824-1893 (MC 806) and the following published works by Harriet E. Paine: Bird Songs of New England, Chats with Girls on Self-Culture, Girls and Women, Lectures, The life of Eliza Baylies Wheaton; a chapter in the history of the higher education of women, prepared for the alumnae of Wheaton Seminary, Old People, The Women of Anthony Trollope.

Processing Information

Processed by: Ashley Kuhn, W09, November 2008

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

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

Inventory of the Harriet E. Paine Papers
Ashley Kuhn W09
October 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