Women and Family Life


Fisher, Dorothy Canfield. Self-Reliance: A Practical and Informal Discussion of Methods of Teaching Self-Reliance, Initiative and Responsibility to Modern Children. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1916.

Hewes, (Mrs.) Sophia A., ed. The mother's book and young lady's companion[periodical]. Chelsea and Montpelier: William Hewes, 1830's and '40's.

Lard, Rebecca (Hammond). "Letters from the Author to Her Children." Poems on Moral and Religious Subjects by a Lady. Woodstock: printed by David Watson, 1820.

Newcomb, Harvey. Newcomb's manual for maternal associations. Boston: Massachusetts Sabbath School Society, 1840.

Prescriptive Writings

Bell, Benjamin. The character of a virtuous woman. Windsor: Alden Spooner, 1794.

Bennett, Rev. John. Letters to a young lady on a variety of useful and interesting subjects. Brattleboro: William Fessenden, 1811.[1st edition published in Warrington, England, 1789.  [That it was reprinted in Brattleboro indicates that it was considered appropriate for young women in the early 19th century.]

Bingham, Mrs. A.H. "To Young Ladies." The Vermont Historical Gazetteer. Ed. Abby Maria Hemenway. 5 vols. Burlington: A. M. Hemenway, 1867-  1891, III, 494.

[Debates on "the woman question;" by the Literary Fraternity of South Woodstock (1815-1835).] Mary Grace Canfield. The Valley of the Kedron. South Woodstock; Kedron Associates, 1940, pp. 121-2.

"Dialogue Between Death and a Lady, Very Suitable to be Learned by Heart in These Degenerate Times." Early Vermont broadside, Vermont Historical Society, Montpelier. 

Fessenden, Thomas G. The ladies' monitor, a poem. Bellows Falls: Bill Blake & Co., 1818.

Good Behavior. First class reader for district schools. Brattleboro: Cheney & Clapp, 1876.

Spooner, Alden. To the heads of families in general. Windsor: Alden Spooner, 1807.

Tullar, Rev. Martin. A concise system of family duty: comprising the relative duties of husbands and wives; the duty of parents towards their children; and the duty of children towards their parents; in six sermons. Windsor: Nahum Nahum Mower, 1802.

Family Life and Domesticity

Allen, Elizabeth. Sketches of green mountain life, with an autobiography of the author. Lowell, Vt: Nathaniel L. Dayton, 1846.

Baldwin, Abigail. "Selections from the plymouth diary of Abigail Baldwin, 1853-4." Vermont History 40:3: 218-223.

Bolzau, Emma Lydia. "Almira Hart Lincoln Phelps, Her Life and Work." Philadelphia. The Science Press Printing Co. (1936) : 50-67.

[Brigham, Elizabeth] Robert Malvern. "Of Money, Needs and Family News." Vermont History 41:1: 113-122.

Brown, Sally and Pamela. The diaries of Sally and Pamela Brown, 1832-1838; Hyde Leslie, 1887; Plymouth Notch, Vermont. Eds., Blanche Brown Bryant and Gertrude Elaine Baker. Springfield, Vt: The William L. Bryant Foundation, 1970.

Carroll, Betsey. Piety in humble life, or the life and recollections of Betsey Carroll. St. Albans: Messenger Steam Print, 1871.

Cleghorn, Sarah N. "Diaries of Sarah N. Cleghorn, 1902-1920." Unpublished manuscript, Wilbur Collection; Bailey Library, University of Vermont, Burlington.

Threescore: The autobiography of Sarah N. Cleghorn. New York: H. Smith & R. Haas, 1936.

Cooke, Harriet B. Memories of my life and work. New York: R. Carter & Brothers, 1858.

Damon, Sophie M. Old New England days, a story of true life. Boston: Cupples and Hurd, 1887.

Drake, Sylvia. "Diary of Sylvia Drake." Unpublished manuscript, Sheldon Historical Museum, Middlebury.

[Drake, Sylvia.] Donald M. Murray and Robert M. Rodney. "Sylvia Drake, 1784-1868: the Self-Portrait of a Seamstress of Wey-bridge." Vermont History 34:3 (year) :123-135.

[Drake, Sylvia.] Frank Heys, Jr. "The Two Seamstresses of Weybridge."  Vermont Quarterly, 21:3: 232-237.

Field, Eugene. "The Woman Who Most Influenced Me — My Grandmother." Vermont Prose: A Miscellany. Ed. Arthur Wallace Peach. Brattleboro: Stephen Daye Press, 1932.

Green, Harriot Smalley. "Diary of Harriot Smalley Green (plus an essay on Virtue), 1844." Unpublished manuscript, Vermont Historical Society, Montpelier.

Hollenbeck, Mary P. "Diary of Mary P. Hollenbeck, Burlington, 1872." Unpublished manuscript, Wilbur Collection, Bailey Library, University of Vermont, Burlington.

King, Mary B. (Allen). Looking backward: memories of the past. New York: Anson D.F. Randolph and Co., 1870.

Roberts, Mathilda J. "Letters by Andrew J. Roberts and His Wife, Mathilda T. Roberts, During the Goldrush of 1852." Vermont Quarterly, 20 : 1: 38-46.

[Salisbury, Harriet Hutchinson.] Allen F. Davis. "The Letters of Harriet Hutchinson Salisbury." Vermont History, 33, no. 1, 274-282.

Tyler, Mary. Grandmother Tyler's book, the recollections of Mary Palmer Tyler, 1775-1886. Eds., Fred Tupper and Helen Tyler Brown. New York and London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1925.

[Tyler, Mary.] George Floyd Newbrough. "Mary Tyler's Journal [1821-1826]." Vermont Quarterly, 20 : 1: 19-31.

Williams, Paulina Bascom. "Diary of Paulina Bascom Williams, 1830-1833." Unpublished manuscript, Vermont Historical Society, Montpelier.

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