Abbie Bartlett Shapleigh Correspondence, 1860-1902

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Volume: .5 linear feet

Organization/Arrangement: This collection is organized as a single series. Arranged chronologically, by type.

Biographical Note: Abbie Bartlett Shapleigh was born in North New Portland, Maine in 1838, the last of twelve children. Abbie Shapleigh became the companion to Mrs. Joseph Thorpe ("Meme" in the Shapleigh correspondence), helping with the Thorpe children, and after the collapse of her marriage, devoted most of her life to that work. Abbie Shapleigh had two children with Joseph Shapleigh. She died in 1952.

Description: This collection consists entirely of correspondence as original letters and their typed transcriptions. The more than 200 letters cover the years between 1860 and 1894. Almost all of the letters were written by Abbie Shapleigh and directed to her children, her daughter receiving the large majority of them, her siblings, her husband, and Mrs. Thorpe. Abbie Shapleigh traveled extensively — her letters from the Poland Spring House in Poland Spring, Maine reference the curative powers of the spring water and the hotel's setting, for example. The letters offer an exceptional opportunity to experience the period through the words and sentiments of a sensitive and worldly woman and devoted mother.

Access Restrictions: None

Please cite as: Abbie Bartlett Shapleigh Correspondence, Maine Women Writers Collection, University of New England, Portland, Maine

Container List:
001.  Bio sheet; itemization of letters
002.  Correspondence, 1860-1862
003.  Correspondence, 1863-1871
004.  Correspondence, 1872-1874
005.  Correspondence, 1880-1882
006.  Correspondence, 1885-1886
007.  Correspondence, January-November 1887
008.  Correspondence, November- December 1887
009.  Correspondence, January 1888
010.  Correspondence, February-March 1888
011.  Correspondence, April-May 1888
012.  Correspondence, June-December 1888
013.  Correspondence, December 1888
014.  Correspondence, October 1890-May 1891
015.  Correspondence, June-November 1891
016.  Correspondence, February-October 1892
017.  Letter transcriptions, 1860-1879
018.  Letter transcriptions, 1880-1902