Edmund B. Dearborn letters, circa 1826 - 1847Manuscript MS-1290

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Edmund B. Dearborn letters, circa 1826 - 1847

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1290

Collection Dates:

circa 1826 - 1847

Size of Collection:

1 box (.25 linear ft.)


Edmund B. Dearborn (1807-1887), educator. The collection consists of approximately 100 letters from former schoolmates to Dearborn concerning education as well as student and academic life at a variety of school and colleges, as well as family letters.

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Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

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Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The collection contains letters to Edmund B. Dearborn from former schoolmates, including Joseph Dow, Amos Tuck, S.P. Dole, John Calvin Webster, B.F. Shepard, John Wooldredge and Pillsbury L. Eaton. Solicited by Dearborn, the letters describe teaching experiences, often while the senders were still students themselves. Institutions described include Dartmouth College, Hampton Academy, Salisbury Academy, Bowdoin College and Brown University. Of note are the detailed descriptions of student and academic life, as well as the discussions of the abolitionist movement, temperance and the question of formal schooling for females. Letters from his brother Jonathan and his sister Ruth Leavitt, as well as his father Samuel informing him about the state of various other family members are also included.


Edmund Batchelder Dearborn was born on November 28, 1806, in Hampton, New Hampshire. He graduated from Hampton Academy, after which he spent many years teaching in different parts of New Hampshire, including Marblehead, Pierce Academy in Middleboro, Massachusetts and Chapman Hall School. After he retired from teaching, Dearborn worked for the United States Internal Revenue Service. He also wrote many articles for literary newspapers in Boston and was elected Librarian of the New England Historic Genealogical Society in 1846. Dearborn died on January 22, 1886 in Boston.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Letters, 1826-1847

Access Restrictions


Box: 1, Dates: 1826-1847

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Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Index to letters, alphabetical and chronological, undated
  • Folder: 2, Letters to Edmund Dearborn, 1826-1829
  • Folder: 3, Letters to Edmund Dearborn, 1829-1830
  • Folder: 4, Letters to Edmund Dearborn, 1830-1833
  • Folder: 5, Letters to Edmund Dearborn, 1834-1838
  • Folder: 6, Letters to Edmund Dearborn, 1837-1847

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