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Lothrop Family Correspondence

 Collection — Container: NS Am. 1491
Call Number: MS Am. 1491

Scope and Contents

This collection contains 190 letters addressed to Daniel Lothrop (1831–1892) and Harriet Mulford Stone Lothrop (1844–1924). Additionally, there are twenty-two letters to their daughter and Margaret Lothrop (1884-1970); however, the bulk are to Harriet. The letters date from 1885-1956. Subjects include extending, accepting, and declining invitations, scheduling speaking engagements, soliciting and accepting submissions to Wide Awake, trading books and poetry, and arranging speaking engagements. Personal news, the organization and matters relating to the National Society of the Children of the American Revolution, as well as the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) are also discussed.


  • 1855-1956
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1971


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The collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Daniel Lothrop (1831–1892) and Harriet Mulford Stone Lothrop (1844–1924) married in 1881 and lived at The Wayside (home of the Alcotts and the Hawthornes) in Concord, Massachusetts. Lothrop started the D. Lothrop & Co. publishing company in Boston where he encouraged American writers and published the children’s magazine Wide Awake. It was also here where Harriet Lothrop published the first two of her Pepper stories under the pseudonym Margaret Sidney and met Daniel Lothrop. After his death in 1892, she took over the company and ran it until 1905 when it merged with Lee & Shepard.  In 1894, she founded the Old Concord Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and served as its first regent. Subsequently, she founded the National Society of the Children of the American Revolution where she served as national president from 1895-1901. She also helped preserve four historical sites in Concord including The Wayside, The Orchard House, The Grapevine House, and The Old Concord Chapter House. Harriet Lothrop remained patriotically and politically active until her death in 1924.


190.00 Items

Language of Materials



Arranged alphabetically.

Method of Acquisition

Purchased  from Goodspeed's Book Shop in 1971.

Processing Information

Finding aid written by Rare Books and Manuscripts staff.

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Revision Statements

  • 2015-02: Updated by Baylea Jones, February 2015.

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