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Creator: Tharp, Louise Hall.
Title:Louise Hall Tharp papers
Dates:1949-1953
Call Number:M37
Location:69/1
Volume:1.35 cubic ft. (2 boxes)
Scope and Content Note:The collection contains Louise Hall Tharp's extensive research notes and collected material on Horace Mann (1796-1859), who was the first secretary of Massachusetts Board of Education (1837-1848) and first president of Antioch College (1853-1860), and his wife Mary Peabody. Tharp assembled the material for her book, Until Victory (1953). Included are transcribed letters; Tharp's letters of inquiry and the responses from research agencies, repositories and public offices; notes on newspaper accounts, court records, and municipal registries; newspaper clippings on Mann, Antioch College, and public schools; and pamphlets and booklets on numerous topics related to Mann or his work. The majority of the material is collected from the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Dedham Historical Society, the Brown University Archives, Antioch College, the Library of Congress, and the National Archives and Records Administration.
Historical Abstract:Louise Hall Tharp, children's author and historical biographer, was born in 1898 in Oneonta, New York, and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts. After attending the Boston School of Fine Arts in 1917-1919, she worked for the Girl Scouts of America in 1925-1934. In 1940, Tharp wrote her first book, Tory Hole. In total, she wrote 17 historical novels for young people and historical biographies for older readers. In 1959, Tharp was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Literature from Northeastern University.
Arrangement: Organized into two series: I) Subject Files and 2) Research Files.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Mann, Horace, 1796-1859
  • Mann, Mary Tyler Peabody, 1806-1887
  • Peabody, Elizabeth Palmer, 1804-1894
  • Tharp, Louise Hall, 1898-

  • Antioch College

  • Education -- History
  • Public Schools
Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by George Reklaitis, May 1999