Early ADS of the founder of the 1st women’s school of higher education
Autograph ID: 4302
Condition: Very good, folds, marginal nicks
Description: “(787-1870) American author and women’s rights advocate, founded first women’s school of higher education. In 1814, she opened the Middlebury Female Seminary in her home. After moving to New York she opened the Waterford Academy in 1819 in Waterford, NY, but it closed in 1821 due to lack of continued funding. In Sept. 1821, the City of Troy, New York requested the school be moved there. Willard accepted the offer and founded the Troy Female Seminary (later renamed the Emma Willard School) and it was notably prosperous and successful. She managed the institution until 1838, when she placed it in the hands of her son and daughter-in-law. In 1830, she made a tour of Europe, and 3 years later published Journals and Letters from Great Britain; the proceeds given to a school for women she helped found in Athens, Greece. Her works include The Woodbridge and Willard Geographies and Atlases, (1823); History of the United States (1828); Universal History in Perspective (1837); Treatise on the Circulation of the Blood (1846); and, Last Leaves of American History (1849). Co-authored A System of Universal Geography on the Principles of Comparison and Classification 1838.
Approx. 2 x 6 Â¼ ADS, no place (likely Middlebury, Vermont), no date (ca. 1817-19), to Mr. T. Hagar, requesting he let the bearer have goods in the amount of 10 shillings & 6 pence. Endorsed “Emma Willard/order” on verso. Thomas Hagar was a prominent storekeeper in Middlebury, Vermont 1817-25.”