Guide to the Sarah Fisher Ames papers , 1860-1879


Brown University Library, Special Collections
Box A, John Hay Library
Providence, RI 02912
Tel: 401-863-2146
Email: hay@brown.edu

Published in 2009

Collection Overview

Title: Sarah Fisher Ames papers
Date range: 1860-1879
Creator: John Hay Library
Extent: 34 item(s)
Abstract: Collection of letters and printed items to Sarah Fisher Ames from prominent figures of the day, including: Mary Mann, John Hay, Robert Winthrop, Whitelaw Reid, J.O.P. Burnside, Wendell Phillips, Rufus King. Also includes: letter from her husband, Joseph A. Ames; three letters from her son stationed in Cuba; various letters of introduction and permission, including one from Abraham Lincoln; letters to her husband, Joseph Ames
Language of materials: English
Repository: Brown University Library, Special Collections
Collection number: Ms.88.2

Scope & content

Collection of letters and printed items to Mrs. Ames from prominent figures of the day, including: Mary Mann, John Hay, Robert Winthrop, Whitelaw Reid, J.O.P. Burnside, Wendell Phillips, Rufus King. Also includes: letter from her husband, Joseph A. Ames; three letters from her son stationed in Cuba; various letters of introduction and permission, including one from Abraham Lincoln; letters to her husband, Joseph Ames

Arrangement

The papers are arranged in four series.
  • Series 1. Letters to Sarah Fisher Ames
  • Series 2. Letters of Introduction and Requests Written by Others on Her Behalf
  • Series 3. Other Material Relating to Sarah Ames
  • Series 4. Letter to Joseph Alexander Ames

Biographical note

Sarah Fisher Ames was a Boston artist known for her busts of Abraham Lincoln and Governor John A. Andrew of Massachusetts. Her work for the cause of the Union during the Civil War was personally acknowledged by President Lincoln. Widow of portrait and genre artist, Joseph Alexander Ames (1816-1872). Her daughter was a musician and her son, F.R. Ames, was captain of the 8th infantry in Cuba

Access & Use

Access to the collection: There are no restrictions on access, except that the collection can only be seen by prior appointment. Some materials may be stored off-site and cannot be produced on the same day on which they are requested.
Use of the materials: Although Brown University has physical ownership of the collection and the materials contained therein, it does not claim literary rights. Researchers should note that compliance with copyright law is their responsibility. Researchers must determine the owners of the literary rights and obtain any necessary permissions from them.
Preferred citation: Sarah Fisher Ames papers, Ms.88.2, Brown University Library.
Contact information: Brown University Library, Special Collections
Box A, John Hay Library
Providence, RI 02912
Tel: 401-863-2146
Email: hay@brown.edu

Administrative Information

ABOUT THE COLLECTION  
Acquisition: acquisition
ABOUT THE FINDING AID  
Author: Finding aid prepared by John Hay Library.
Encoding: Finding aid encoded by Reiko Davis 2009 March 06
Descriptive rules: Finding aid based on Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)

Additional Information

Inventory


Series 1. Letters to Sarah Fisher Ames
Box 1

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folder 1 Ames, Joseph Alexander
1870 January 5
Box 1, Folder 2 Ames, R.F.
Contents Note: 3 ALS, w/envelope, 1899, Nov 1, Dec 3, 14; envelope (postmarked, 1899, Nov 3), with printed enclosure (broadside), "A Woman's Answer" (dated 1869), by C.W. Brink.

1869-1899
Box 1, Folder 3 Burnside, J.O.P.
1871 February 2
Box 1, Folder 4 Douglas, John
1863 July 2
Box 1, Folder 5 Hay, John
1863 January 9
Box 1, Folder 6 Moses, H.H. (Boston Art Club)
1872 November 10
Box 1, Folder 7 Phillips, Wendell
undated
Box 1, Folder 8 Reid, Whitelaw (with clipping pasted in)
1870 March 28
Box 1, Folder 9 Thorpe, Thomas Bangs
Contents Note: With printed enclosure, his "The Dying Drummer Boy" (broadside).

1874 May 25
Box 1, Folder 10 Ware, Horace
1868 October 22
Box 1, Folder 11 Envelope addressed to SFA
Contents Note: Postmarked November 4 (year undecipherable).

November 4

Series 2. Letters of Introduction and Requests Written by Others on Her Behalf
Box 1

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folder 12 King, Rufus, to Elihu Benjamin
1876 February 11
Box 1, Folder 13 Lincoln, Abraham, to the Surgeon General
1863 July 5
Box 1, Folder 14 Mann, Mary
Contents Note: 5 ALS (one with envelope) to: Artemas Carter, 1867, April 14; (Rev.) William Elliot, no year, April 14; John Kebler, no year, April 14; Charles Waite, 1869, December 5; (Gen.) W. Benham, no year, January 25.

1867-1869
Box 1, Folder 15 Smith, Joseph P.
Contents Note: Signed by him in his capacity as Acting Surgeon General.

1862 December 2
Box 1, Folder 16 Winthrop, Robert Charles, to George Peabody
1867 April 23

Series 3. Other Material Relating to Sarah Ames
Box 1

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folder 17 The Union League
Contents Note: Mrs. Ames LINCOLN," a tribute written/signed by "a member of the League.

undated
Box 1, Folder 18 Photograph of Wendell Phillips
Contents Note: Signed (by him?) on verso.

undated

Series 4. Letter to Joseph Alexander Ames
Box 1

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folder 19 Koehler, S.R.
1870 June 1