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Sigourney correspondence

 Collection — Container: Friends and Benefactors Pf-Z, Folder: Sigourney, Lydia H. (1-2)
Identifier: MS 0586

Scope and Contents

The Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney Correspondence contain letters to Mary Lyon, principal of Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, concerning Sigourney's visits to the school, offers of her books for its library and of financial support of a student.


  • 1839-1846

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Biographical Note

Lydia Howard Huntley was born on September 1, 1791 in Norwich, Connecticut to Ezekiel and Zerviah Wentworth Huntley. She attended various local schools and female seminaries. In 1811 she opened a school for young women in Norwich. A friend of Mary Lyon's, Huntley often consulted the former for advice. In 1814 she moved to Hartford, where she ran another school, and in 1815 published her first book, entitled "Moral pieces, in prose and verse". She stopped teaching in 1819 because of her marriage to Charles Sigourney; however, she continued to write. Between 1840 and 1850 she published 14 volumes of poetry and prose. She had two children. She died on June 10, 1865 in Hartford, Connecticut.


0.08 Linear Feet (2 folders)

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Sigourney, Lydia Howard Huntley, 1791-1865; American author. Mount Holyoke Female Seminary benefactor. Letters to Mary Lyon, founder and principal of Mount Holyoke, concerning Sigourney's visits and gifts to the school.

Sigourney correspondence, 1839-1846.
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Part of the Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections Repository

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