The Blackwells: An Extraordinary Family

Nearly two centuries of the Blackwell family’s daily lives are documented in correspondence, diaries, speeches, and other papers. Blackwell family members include Lucy Stone (1818-1893); her husband, Henry Browne Blackwell (1825-1909); and their daughter, Alice Stone Blackwell (1857-1950), all of whom were prominent in the women’s rights and women’s suffrage movements. Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910), the first woman to earn a medical degree in the United States and her adopted daughter, Kitty Barry Blackwell (1848-1936), feature prominently in the papers. Other Blackwell family members are also represented within the collection, including Dr. Emily Blackwell, another pioneering woman doctor, and Antoinette Louisa Brown Blackwell, the first woman ordained as a minister in the Congregational Church. Transcribing these pages will allow you to explore the long struggle for equality through the diaries, letters, and speeches of the men and women who fought for equal rights.