May Wright Sewall Papers

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May Wright Sewall Papers
The May Wright Sewall Papers are a collection of documents comprised of approximately 500 letters written to May Wright Sewall dated between 1879 and 1919, and three guest books with remarks and signatures from 197 guests of the Sewall house. The correspondents represented in this collection include not only people important to the history of Indiana but also those involved in national and international politics, social movements, and the arts in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These letters offer a fascinating first-hand glimpse into the issues of the times. Unbound by tradition, May Eliza Wright Sewall (1844-1920) endeavored to do all she could for causes still being fought for today-education, women’s rights, cultural enrichment, and world peace. From modest beginnings as a teacher in a one-room Wisconsin school, she became one of the leading citizens of Indianapolis and founder-with her husband Theodore-of the Girls’ Classical School of Indianapolis. Sewall helped to form many of the city’s enduring organizations: the Indianapolis Woman’s Club, the Indianapolis Propylaeum, the Contemporary Club and the Art Association of Indianapolis which has grown into the internationally-respected Indianapolis Museum of Art. She worked tirelessly on behalf of rights for women in the United States - and around the world - giving the women’s movement an international focus through her pioneering involvement with the International Council of Women and the American National Council of Women. For more information, contact Victoria Duncan, Digital Projects Coordinator: vduncan@indypl.org

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Letter from Ellen Terry to May Wright Sewall.

Letter from Ellen Terry to May Wright Sewall.

Metadata: Title: Letter from Ellen Terry to May Wright Sewall. Description: (Tuesday evening, 10:00 p.m.) I saw Whitcomb Riley after the play and could scarcely speak - I was fatigued. Thank for your letter. English actress; leading lady with Sir Henry Irving. Performed many Shakespearean...

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Letter from Emilie Hyacinth Loyson to May Wright Sewall.

Letter from Emilie Hyacinth Loyson to May Wright Sewall.

Metadata: Title: Letter from Emilie Hyacinth Loyson to May Wright Sewall. Description: A rambling note --link your life to the anchor of Hope that is fixed fast on Zion's Hill. Emilie Jane Butterfield Meriman Loyson, author, President of the Alliance des Femmes Orientales et Occidentales,...

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Letter from Emilie Hyacinth Loyson to May Wright Sewall.

Letter from Emilie Hyacinth Loyson to May Wright Sewall.

Metadata: Title: Letter from Emilie Hyacinth Loyson to May Wright Sewall. Description: An eight page, involved letter about peace and the plans for a joint meeting in Jerusalem, where there will be a huge tent with four smaller ones for Jews, Christians, Moslems and for Women. She writes of a...

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Letter from Ernest Seton-Thompson to May Wright Sewall.

Letter from Ernest Seton-Thompson to May Wright Sewall.

Metadata: Title: Letter from Ernest Seton-Thompson to May Wright Sewall. Description: There is no better reward than intelligent interest in one's work. - of this I find no lack in Indianapolis. Thanks for your letter. Author, illustrator and naturalist, Seton wrote and illustrated nature...

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Letter from Estelle W. Stead to May Wright Sewall.

Letter from Estelle W. Stead to May Wright Sewall.

Metadata: Title: Letter from Estelle W. Stead to May Wright Sewall. Description: Mrs. Wriedt's address is 414 Baldwin Ave., Detroit. I do not know Hearst's personal views of the subject of spiritualism. He published some of father's articles. Daughter of William T. Stead. Actress. Editor of...

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Letter from F.C. Hancott to May Wright Sewall.

Letter from F.C. Hancott to May Wright Sewall.

Metadata: Title: Letter from F.C. Hancott to May Wright Sewall. Description: Harriott reports that their train was two hours late. Baggage still has not arrived and may not until 11:00 the next day. Mrs. Harriott would love to see Mrs. Sewall if she could call after mid-day tomorrow. F.C....

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Letter from F.C. Hancott to May Wright Sewall.

Letter from F.C. Hancott to May Wright Sewall.

Metadata: Title: Letter from F.C. Hancott to May Wright Sewall. Description: Mr. Harriott writes to Sewall to say that he and his wife have just been informed that they are to be in Indianapolis on the 18th. He is unhappy that they have to leave that same night for Columbus and his wife is...

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Letter from F.C. Hancott to May Wright Sewall.

Letter from F.C. Hancott to May Wright Sewall.

Metadata: Title: Letter from F.C. Hancott to May Wright Sewall. Description: The Harriotts send Christmas greetings and thank Mrs. Sewall for her kindness during their 24-hour stay at Indianapolis. F.C. Harriott was the husband of the stage actress Clara Morris who was lectured on her life in...

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Letter from Fanny Garrison Villard to May Wright Sewall.

Letter from Fanny Garrison Villard to May Wright Sewall.

Metadata: Title: Letter from Fanny Garrison Villard to May Wright Sewall. Description: Tries to explain what happened at the meeting - mostly refuting Mr. Stead's eccentricities. Daughter of William Lloyd Garrison and wife of Henry Villard. An active supporter of women's rights and a pacifist,...

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Letter from Fanny Garrison Villard to May Wright Sewall.

Letter from Fanny Garrison Villard to May Wright Sewall.

Metadata: Title: Letter from Fanny Garrison Villard to May Wright Sewall. Description: Letter discusses enduring struggles and national causes - anti-slavery, suffrage, etc. The pacifists were despised in Washington. President Wilson has no true moral courage else he would have prevented the...

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