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|Title:||Louise Hall Tharp papers|
|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:||
|Restrictions:||The collection is unrestricted.|
|Processor:||Finding aid prepared by George Reklaitis, May 1999|
Louise Hall Tharp, children's author and historical biographer, was born June 19, 1898 in Oneonta, New York to Newton Marshall Hall and Louise Varney Hall. Her father was a Congregationalist minister. At the age of 2, the Hall family moved to Springfield, Massachusetts where Newton accepted the post of minister at the North Congregationalist Church. From 1917-1919 Louise Hall Tharp attended the School of Fine Arts in Boston. She began her studies with the intention of becoming an illustrator but acquired a taste for research instead. In 1925 she married Cary Edwin Tharp, and had two sons, Cary Edwin Jr. and Marshall Allen.
Tharp's early career was spent working with the Girl Scouts of America, where she held a position on the National Brownie Committee from 1925-1934. Her service also included a stint on the Girl Scout Council in Rochester, New York from 1927-1928. It was during her career with the Girl Scouts that she first tried her hand in writing, editing the Girl Scout publication Trailmaker (1925-1926).
In 1940 Tharp wrote her first book, Tory Hole, at the request of her two sons who, as budding young readers, were looking for a story with plenty of action. She wrote a number of other such historical novels: Champlain, Northwest Voyagers (1944) about the famous explorer, and Company of Adventurers (1946) which told the story of the Hudson's Bay Trading Company. Tharp made her mark as an author, however, through her numerous and highly-acclaimed historical biographies. Her book The Peabody Sisters of Salem (1950) was written about Elizabeth, Mary, and Sophia Peabody. In 1953 Tharp continued on this theme, writing Until Victory: Horace Mann and Mary Peabody. In 1965 Tharp published possibly her most noted biography, that of Isabella Stewart Gardener the celebrated 19th century Boston art patron and socialite, Mrs. Jack. The book was highly acclaimed and spent three months on the New York Times bestseller list.
During her many years as author, biographer, and lecturer, Louise Hall Tharp was a member of numerous organizations such as the Society of American Historians, Theta Sigma Phi, the Darien Community Association, the Darien Historical Society, and an honorary member of Delta Kappa Gamma. In addition, she was the recipient of numerous awards. Among these were the Delta Kappa Gamma Educator's Award (1951), the American Library Association Award (1953), and the National Educators Association Award (1953). On June 14, 1959, Tharp was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Literature from Northeastern University. On this occasion, University President Carl Stephens Ell said of her, "Your biographical and historical writings have the charm of truth told simply, directly, boldly, and charitably." Tharp received a similar honor from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Massachusetts and an Honorary Doctorate in Education from Rhode Island College. In total, she authored 17 books.
Commire, Anne, ed. Something About the Author. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1972. Vol. 3. pp. 223-224.
Contemporary Authors. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1967. Vols. 1-4. 1st rev.
Tharp, Louise Hall. Mrs. Jack. Boston: Little Brown and Co., 1968. [N5220 .G26 T47 1968]
------------------ The Peabody Sisters of Salem. Boston: Little Brown and Co., 1950. [CS71. P35 1950x]
------------------ Tory Hole. Boston: Little Brown and Co., 1940.
------------------ Until Victory: Horace Mann and Mary Peabody. Boston, Little Brown and Co., 1953. [LB695 .M35 T5]
Ell, Carl Stephens. "Honorary Degree Recipients." Office of the President (Ell), Records, 1883-1974. (A 2). Northeastern University Libraries Archives and Special Collection Department. Box 27, folder 473.
1. Subject Files, 1607-1950
|Volume:||0.55 cubic ft.|
The subject files contain Louise Hall Tharp's research materials on Horace Mann's life and include information on the people Mann knew or dealt with, law cases he participated in, the Mann family, and issues or activities in which Mann was involved. Also included is a bibliography on Mann compiled by Tharp, a Mann family genealogy, notes from newspaper articles mentioning Mann, numerous photographs from the Mann and Peabody families, and information and letters from Antioch College where Horace Mann was the first president.
|1||Rebecca, Letters from Sophia||1855-1858|
|1||Craig, Austin: Description||n.d.|
|1||Dedham Historical Society: Bills||1847-1852|
|1||Dix, Dorthea: Normal School||1841|
|1||Draper, Lyman: To Mann||1843-1858|
|1||Finances: Mills, etc.||1852-1854|
|1||Haven, Sam: The Marshalls||n.d.|
|1||Drayton Case, Giles Case||1830-1862|
|1||Diary: Massachusetts Historical Society||1837-1843|
|1||Early Family Life||1798-1817|
|1||Letters from Sisters, Re: Marriage and Biography||1843-1854|
|Mann, Mary Peabody|
|1||Correspondence, Mrs. Seward||1850-1861|
|1||Massachusetts Historical Society, Uncategorized Materials||1808-1852|
|1||Nieces and Nephews||1839-1856|
|1||Papers: Library of Congress||1837-1862|
|1||Politics and Finances||1846-1862|
|1||"Thoughts on Women"||1853|
|1||To Charlotte Messer||1829-1853|
|1||To Elizabeth Peabody||1833-1849|
|1||To his boys||1852|
|1||To Sydney Williams and Mary Messer||1832-1852|
|1||West Newton||n.d., 1857|
|1||Boston Advertiser and Boston Transcript||1830-1852|
|1||Liberator Providence Papers||1837-1854|
|1||Packard, Frederick: Library Controversy||1838|
|1||Parker, Theodore: Letter Books||1843-1854|
2. Research Materials, 1817-1958
|Volume:||0.8 cubic ft.|
The research materials file is comprised of three types of files. The first consists of a collection of Horace Mann's correspondence transcribed by Louise Hall Tharp and her notes on this material. There is also a collection of similar correspondence which Tharp did not use in her book. The Mann correspondence is organized chronologically. Also included in this series are Tharp's research notes organized by chapter. Material does not appear for all the chapters. Finally, the research materials file contains Tharp's own letters of inquiry and related responses from research and government agencies, public offices, archives and repositories. These letters are grouped by subject heading as originally designated by the author. A separate folder contains a number of newspaper and magazine clippings collected by Tharp on Mann.
|1||Antioch: Milk Sickness||1948-1951|
|1||1, 2, 3||1833-1955|
|1||4 and 5, Litchfield||1817-1868|
|1||12, 13, 14||1834-1837|
|1||16 and 17||1839|
|1||19 and 20, Diary of the Child||1843-1848|
|1||22 and 23||1848-1952|
|1||27 and 28||1853-1958|
|1-2||Correspondence and Notes (10 folders)||1830-1865|
|2||Eagle and City Mfg. Co.||1949|
|2||Lee, R.H.: Research Notes||1951|
|2||Mann and Tharp||1950-1952|