Scope and arrangement
This is a synthetic collection that consists of manuscripts and a typescript, correspondence to, from, and about the author, diaries for 1829 and 1859, seventeen journals kept from 1829 to 1869, notebooks, commonplace books, financial documents, and pictorial works. The collection includes seventeen original pencil drawings dating from 1832 to 1833, holograph manuscripts of poems, copies of essays, riddles, and other miscellaneous manuscript material. The collection also includes one emended typescript for Louise Hall Tharp's "The Peabody Sisters of Salem." The bulk of the collection includes correspondence by Sophia Peabody Hawthorne to Mary Wilder White Foote, to her sister-in-law Elizabeth M. Hawthorne; to her son Julian; to her husband Nathaniel Hawthorne; to her daughter Una; to her sister Mary T. Peabody Mann; to her mother Elizabeth Palmer Peabody; to her sister Elizabeth; to her brother George; to her father, Dr. Nathaniel Peabody; to William D. Ticknor; and to others. The letters also include correspondence from N. G. Allen to Mary Peabody Mann; from S. S. Forbes to Mary Peabody Mann; from Samuel Foster Haven to the author's sister, Elizabeth Palmer Peabody; from R. H. Lathrop to the author's daughter, Una Hawthorne; from John Louis O'Sullivan to William Prichard; and others relating to Sophia Peabody Hawthorne. There are letters to Sophia Hawthorne from Henry Arthur Bright, Susan Cabot, Mary Abigail Dodge, Ralph Waldo Emerson, James Thomas Fields, Anna B. Greene, Lydia Haven, members of the Hawthorne family including Elizabeth Manning, Julian, Maria Louisa, Nathaniel, and Una, as well as George Stillman Hillard, Ethan Allen Hitchcock, Elizabeth Hoar, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Mary Peabody Mann, Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, Nathaniel Peabody, Sarah Shaw, George Palmer Tyler, and others, dating from 1822 to 1870.
The Sophia Peabody Hawthorne collection of papers is arranged in four series: