This digital collection showcases archival material relating to the economic and epistemological uses of gossip in US American literature and culture in the nineteenth century.
We beginn by highlighting material by and about actress Charlotte Cushman, collected from various archives in the US, to trace the role and relevance of gossip – both private and mediated – to her reputation and legacy. Based on our research questions, we assigned the items to different exhibits such as press coverage or social capital.

As this collection continues to grow, we hope to add collections relating to foreign gossip correspondents for US American magazines like Jennie June and Grace Greenwood. We also plan to provide insight into some particularly insightful examples for the ways gossip travels through archives.

For updates on the larger research project, see our blog. For a full list of secondary sources, please see our bibliography.

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Emma Crow Cushman's Memoir about Charlotte Cushman: "A Memory" (1918)

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Emma Crow Cushman emphasizes that she knew Charlotte Cushman "intimately." Emma and Charlotte met in 1858 when Charlotte brought two letters of introduction (by Hosmer and Kemble) to her father in St. Louis. Emma describes her as a "great artist and still greater woman." The first of Charlotte's…

Emma Stebbins Obituaries

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Obituaries taken from Emma Stebbins scrapbook: Scrapbook inluding photographs of Stebbins, her dogs, and her sculpture, a sketch of Stebbins with her dog, clippings, and biographical notes. Compiled by Mary Stebbins Garland, Emma Stebbin's sister.The obituaries stress her genius as a sculptor and…

Letter from Frances Adeline Seward to William Henry Seward, June 18, 1865

Seward reached out to Cushman. Credit Seward Family Digital Archive