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Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Mary Devlin Booth

Cushman talks about acting as Hamlet and fears she caught an inflammation of the throat. Her engagement was cut short, most likely because Edwin Booth will play the part of Hamlet after her. She asks Mary to have Edwin commission a pattern of the…

Harriet Hosmer's "The Doleful Ditty of the Roman Caffe Greco"

Doleful Ditty from Carr_Harriet Hosmer.pdf
Hosmer writes a "witty" poem, as Cornelia Carr describes it in her edition of Hosmer's letters, about the patriarchal culture of male sculptors in Rome. The poem is published in the New York Evening Post in the summer of 1864. Credit Internet…

Letter from Charlotte Cushman to King, n.d.

Harvard MS Thr 130. CC to King about article.pdf
Cushman mocks the gendered criticism of her figure and riding skills. Credit Houghton Library

"Rome – Foreign Correspondence of the Boston Post," Boston Post, February 23, 1867

1867_Boston Post, Feb 23, 1867, p. 1 NewspaperArchive_Cushman Hosmer Rome Riding.pdf
A short excerpt from this long report on the US American art market in Rome – the part in which Hosmer and Cushman are described as expert riders whose muscular physique would make men envious – is subsequently reprinted in a number of newspapers,…

Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Emma Crow Cushman, Dec 5-6, 1862

CCP 2, 496-500, CC to ECC Dec 5-6 1862.pdf
As Emma Crow Cushman is married and busy decorating and furnishing her house, Charlotte Cushman thinks nostalgically of more frequent and longer "old time letters." Repeatedly, Charlotte mentions that Emma's husband, and Charlotte's nephew and…

Letter from Charlotte Cushman to George Combe, Nov 21, 1845

NLS, ms7275, 28, Charlotte Cushman to George Combe, Nov 21, 1845.pdf
Cushman presents herself as shocked and surprised at the "gross motive [that] might be attributed" to her performance of Romeo on stage together with her sister Susan: "your hints have only plunged me into trouble — for I find the subject, in a new…

Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Mr. Child, June 23, 1871

CC to Mr Child, June 23, 1871.pdf
Cushman was pleased by students' speeches at the commencement at Vassar College. In this context, she adds her thoughts on women's suffrage:"I want every woman & every man who earns the money which pays hers [sic] or his rent & knows how to…

Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Hanson A. Risley, July 2, 1869

CC to Mr Risley, July 2, 1869.pdf
Charlotte Cushman finds herself in a "poor & nervous state of health" and seeks treatment in England. She turns to Risley for business advice submitting to gender steretypes: "I can not know so much about business as if I were a man."She also…

"Fashions," Godey's Lady's Book, Jan 1851 to Sep 1892

"Fashions" is a column in Godey's Lady's Book that offers fashion advice for young girls and women alike, and recounts the latest trends, which are often exemplified by detailed illustrations. This column precedes the column "Godey's Fashions";…

"Poetry," Godey's Lady's Book, Jan 1858 to Jan 1885

"Poetry" is a column in Godey's Lady's Book that includes various poems, words of wisdom, and advice on social etiquette.The included file only serves as an example illustration of the column. Credit HathiTrust Digital Library

"Fashion, Fact, and Fancy," Godey's Lady's Book, Aug 1895 to Jan 1897

Fashion, Fact and Fancy.pdf
"Fashion, Fact, and Fancy" is a column in Godey's Lady's Book that, similarly to "Godey's Fashions", demonstrates the latest local and international fashion trends, exemplified by detailed illustrations. The column references historic as well as…

Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Olive Risley, Sep 12, 1868

CC to Miss Risley, Sep 12, 1868.pdf
Cushman hoped to be able to invest in the Seneca Stone Quarry but Wayman Crow who is managing her finances disagreed and declined her wish. She comments, " as a woman, I am somewhat at the mercy of a man, who is supposed, & I hope with justice, —…

Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Emma Crow Cushman, Aug 22, 1869

CCP 4, 1165-1185, CC to ECC 1869 August (1)-7-9.pdf
Cushman's leg is slowly getting better yet is still swollen and inflamed. She offers a home remedy for toothache for Emma's baby.Ned is returning to Boston on August 31. Cushman advises him to borrow money upon his return as the conversion from gold…

Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Emma Crow Cushman, Aug 1869

CCP 4, 1165-1185, CC to ECC 1869 August (1)-20-21.pdf
Cushman is delighted about Ned's letter as "his reasoning is clear, wise and sensible." She has put on her corsets, which give her a lot of support but cause some pain across her chest. Credit Library of Congress, Charlotte Cushman Papers,…

Greenwood's "Notes from over the Sea," New York Times, 1875 to 1883

In her column "Notes from over the Sea", published in the New York Times, Grace Greenwood reports on her travels outside of the United States. She comments on various events, such as art exhibitions, stage performances, and social receptions,…

Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Emma Crow Cushman, Sep 29, 1865

CCP 3, Cushman correspondence 1865 12-14.pdf
Cushman has been anxious about the delivery of Ms. Jane's laces. She has been enjoying her peaceful stay in Wales, away from the noise of the city, and praises Miss Lloyd's efforts as a hostess. Sally has already left to attend to matters in…

Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Emma Crow Cushman, June 29, 1869

CCP 4, 1134-1143, CC to ECC 1869 June-12-14.pdf
Cushman has received an important business note from Wayman Crow, who is shaken by his sister's death. She hopes that Ned will ease his anxieties by taking on some of his work. Cushman also asks Emma to send her Longfellows' translation of…

C. W. Elliott's "One Woman's Work," The Galaxy, Feb 1869

1869. Galaxy Magazine. Woman Work by Elliot.pdf
In a dramatized biographical account, Elliott depicts a hard-working, ambitious Cushman and her rise to success. Elliott includes direct quotes, questions, exclamation marks, and behind-the scenes gossip which "[m]any will remember." The article…

"Stage Talk," Rossiter's Magazine, [June 1900 to Sep 1900]

Rossiter's 1900 Aug LoC.pdf
"Stage Talk" is a column in Rossiter's Magazine that features the latest news from the theatre scene, local as well as abroad, ranging from casting choices to performance reviews. The included file only serves as an example illustration of the…

"Society News and Chat," Sunday Herald, Mar 30, 1890 to Mar 29, 1908

1890. Sunday Herold. Society News and Chat (1890).pdf
"Society News and Chat" is a column in the Sunday Herald that recounts the most recent local and foreign gossip, ranging from marriage arrangements to social receptions to news about prominent figures from abroad.The included file only serves as an…