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Violet Beach - Henry Ward Beecher Collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MA.00267

Scope and Contents

The Violet Beach-Henry Ward Beecher Collection contains thirteen letters from Henry Ward Beecher to young Violet Beach, and two letters from Violet, one to Beecher and one to "Mamma," presumably Chloe Buckingham Beach. The collection also contains photographs of Violet and her parents, Moses S. and Chloe B. Beach, and Henry and Eunice Beecher.


  • Creation: circa 1870-1890


Conditions Governing Access

There is no restriction on access to the Violet Beach-Henry Ward Beecher Collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests for permission to publish material from the Violet Beach-Henry Ward Beecher Collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Biographical / Historical

Violet Beach was the daughter of Chloe Buckingham Beach and newspaper owner Moses S. Beach. According to "the History of the Descendants of Henry Dwight of Hatfield, Massachusetts," Violet was born in New York on January 31, 1867 and lived in Brooklyn and then, for most of her life, in Peekskill, New York. She died on on February 16, 1946.

Henry Ward Beecher was born in 1813 to Rev. Lyman and Roxana Foote Beecher in Litchfield, Connecticut. His Amherst connections begin with his prep school experience at the Mt. Pleasant Institute and then with his years at Amherst College, from which he graduated with the Class of 1834. On August 3, 1837 he married Eunice Bullard, by whom he had 11 children during their 50-year marriage. Beecher was a popular preacher at the Plymouth Church in Brooklyn (1847-1887), a rebellious son of Calvinism, and an eloquent anti-slavery advocate. Beecher died on March 8, 1887. Beecher's well-documented life has been explored in several biographies, including the prize-winning "The Most Famous Man in America," by Debby Applegate.


0.25 Linear feet (1/2 archives box)

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The Violet Beach-Henry Ward Beecher Collection contains 15 letters and a selection of photographs related to the Beach and Beecher families.


The Violet Beach-Henry Ward Beecher Collection is arranged in one box and two series ("Letters" and "Photographs").

Margaret R. Dakin, Archives and Special Collections Specialist
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Repository Details

Part of the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections Repository

Amherst College Archives & Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
61 Quadrangle Drive
Amherst MA 01002-5000
(413) 542-2299