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Poems and letters written by Phillis Wheatley, a one-time slave who lived in Boston and authored the first published book of poetry by an African American.
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Full title: African Americans and the End of Slavery: Phillis Wheatley

Phillis Wheatley was the author of the first book of poetry by an African American, published in London in 1773. This web display provides access to poems, letters, and a view of her writing desk, all within the collections of the MHS.

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Selected correspondence of Mary Cooke Saltonstall Harrod (1723-1804) of Haverhill, Mass. with her Loyalist children during and after the Revolutionary War.
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Full title: Highlights from the Saltonstall Family Papers: Mary Cooke Saltonstall Harrod Correspondence

Mary Cooke Saltonstall Harrod was the daughter of Elisha Cooke, Jr., a wealthy Boston merchant from whom she inherited considerable property in Massachusetts. In 1744 at the age of twenty-one, she became the third wife of Judge Richard Saltonstall, a well-respected but financially troubled Haverhill (Mass.) magistrate. Saltonstall died in 1756, leaving Mary with three small children: Nathaniel, Mary, and Leverett. In December 1757 she married Haverhill widower Benjamin Harrod.

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A selection of Eleanor "Nora" Saltonstall's letters and photographs conveying her experiences as a volunteer in France during World War I.
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Full title: Nora Saltonstall Papers and Photographs from the Highlights from the Saltonstall Family Collections

During World War I Eleanor "Nora" Saltonstall (1894-1919) volunteered in France, first with the Bureau of Refugees and Relief (a division of the American Red Cross that provided lodging for refugees), and then with an American Red Cross dispensary. Presented here are a selection of Nora's letters to her family describing her experiences written from November of 1917 through the end of 1918, her passport, and photographs taken by and of Nora, including one taken just weeks prior to her death in the summer of 1919.

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Digital edition of the content of the previously printed documentary editions of The Adams Papers; includes full annotations, index, and a search tool.
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Full title: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses

With a fast and comprehensive search tool new in summer 2010, this is the digital edition of the content of the previously printed editions of the Revolutionary-era Adams Papers, a long-standing documentary edition prepared at the Massachusetts Historical Society. This digital edition includes all text of the historical documents, all editorial text, and a single index with consolidated entries for the 16 printed Adams Papers indexes. Another forthcoming digital edition will present the Winthrop Papers, a documentary edition created at the MHS.

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Images and searchable transcriptions of the correspondence between John and Abigail Adams, the diary of John Adams, and the autobiography of John Adams.
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Full title: Adams Family Papers: An Electronic Archive

This searchable digital collection (entitled, Adams Family Papers: An Electronic Archive) presents images of manuscripts and digital transcriptions from the Adams Family Papers including the complete correspondence between John and Abigail Adams, the diary of John Adams, and the autobiography of John Adams.

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View one entire album assembled by Marian "Clover" Hooper Adams and selected letters and documents conveying her approach to photography.
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Full title: Marian Hooper Adams: Selected Photographs and Letters

This website presents 48 photographs (one entire album) from the Marian Hooper Adams photograph collection, five selected letters from the Hooper-Adams papers, and two letters by Henry Adams (from a new acquisition) in which he reflects on his wife's death. This website also provides information about Clover's approach to photography by presenting a digital facsimile of a notebook Clover kept from May 1883 to January 1884 in which she listed many of her photographs and commented on exposures, lighting, and other technical details.

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