About the Lucretia Coffin Mott Papers Project


Established in October, 1997, the project has published the Selected Letters of Lucretia Coffin Mott.  The edition has been published by University of Illinois Press.  To purchase a copy call sales for UIP at 800-545-4703.  The 200 selections provide a critical woman's perspective on the important issues of the time: slavery, women's position in society, religious freedom, and the philosophy of non-resistance.  Included in the volume is a calendar of all letters located to or from Mott.  Our project has established a database of 1,436 documents which includes all known letters to and from Lucretia Mott.


Funds were granted by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).  Sponsorship has been provided by the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College, and the History Departments of Claremont Graduate University and Pomona College.  In addition, NHPRC awarded the project its annual editing fellowship for 1998-99.


The editor, Beverly Wilson Palmer, has completed two previous editing projects: two-volume editions of The Selected Letters of Charles Sumner (Northeastern University Press, 1990) and  The Selected Papers of Thaddeus Stevens (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1997, 1998).

Holly Byers Ochoa (M.A., History, City University of New York, 1977), associate editor, was also associate editor on The Selected Papers of Thaddeus Stevens and The Salmon P. Chase Papers, volume 5 (Kent State University Press, 1998).

Mary Ellen Chijioke, formerly curator of the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College, now at Guildford College in North Carolina, served as a project consultant.

Margaret Hope Bacon, author of Valiant Friend: The Life of Lucretia Mott (currently in its second edition), served as a project consultant.

Carol Faulkner, Ph.D. (SUNY Binghamton), was the NHPRC editing fellow for 1998-99, and began teaching at SUNY Geneseo in September, 1999.

Jennifer Hillman Helgren (M.A., History, Claremont Graduate University, 1999), a doctoral student at CGU, served as a research assistant.

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