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Guide to the Abigail Belden Whelpley Papers
1807-1921, undated
 MS 3067

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Collection processed by Zora Arum

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 26, 2018
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Contents

The collection primarily consists of manuscripts written by the Protestant author Abigail Belden Whelpley in the mid-1800s. The manuscripts include book chapters, articles, essays, and poems on a variety of topics, most prominently Christian thought and scripture, contemporary social issues, and the godliness of the natural world. Whelpley's writings also include commentary on the Civil War, the Temperance Society, and international affairs. Additionally, the papers contain correspondence, primarily between Abigail's son, Henry Belden Whelpley, and his cousin, William Belden, who was involved in the stock market crash of 1869, and ephemera, including documents from the early 1800s.


The collection largely retains its original order as received at purchase by N-YHS, contained in one document box. The folders are arranged with book chapters first, followed by essays, articles, short stories, and then poetry, with miscellaneous fragments and drafts completing the section on Whelpley's writings. The collection ends with correspondence and ephemera, which are organized chronologically within their folders when applicable. Folder labels are Whelpley's given document titles unless in brackets, in which case there was no title for the given documents and the folder label was devised by the processing archivist.