1.   Historical note

2.   Scope and content

3.   Provenance

4.   Processing note

5.   Inventory

6.   Subjects

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 Mary Peace Hazard Papers

 Student, of Newport and South Kingstown, R.I.

 Papers, 1826-1830

 Size: 0.5 linear feet

 Catalog number: MSS 483 sg 15

 Processed by: Rick Stattler, March 1999

©Rhode Island Historical Society

Manuscripts Division


Historical note:

            Mary Peace Hazard (1814-1874) was a daughter of Rowland Hazard I and Mary (Peace) Hazard. She never married, and lived for most of her adult life in Newport with her sisters Anna and Eliza, and her brothers Isaac and Joseph. She was buried in the Hazard family lot in Portsmouth.

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Scope and content:

            This subgroup consists entirely of school books circa 1826 to 1830, mostly lessons copied directly from another source. Some are dated in Newport, and some in South Kingstown. The only personal items are two autograph books bearing inscriptions from school friends; one book includes an inscription from famed educator Prudence Crandall, as follows:


"Beauty, as a flowery blossom soon fades, but the divine excellencies of the mind, like the medicinal virtues of the plant, remain in it when all those charms are withered." Prudence Crandall, Canterbury.

            The remainder of the collection has no direct informational value, but may be of interest to a student of education. About half of the volumes are signed by Mary Hazard, and half are unsigned. One volume bears the signature of Mary's sister Anna Hazard (1820-1905). It is certainly possible that other volumes were written by Anna or other sisters, but these school books have all been kept together as they were found.

            A small quantity of her financial and estate records can be found at Harvard University’s Baker Library. Please note that a small quantity of papers of Mary Peace Hazard's mother, Mary (Peace) Hazard, can be found in series 4 of the papers of Rowland Hazard I (sg4).

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These papers were donated by the Hazard family as part of the Hazard Family Papers in 1985.

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Processing note:

            This collection is part of the Hazard Family Papers, which were processed with support from the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities, the Beinecke Foundation, and the extended Hazard Family.

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Box 1, folder 1. Autograph books:

Inscriptions from N.E. Yearly Meeting Boarding School friends. First entry reads 1819, but other entries are from students who attended the school circa 1826-1827.

                                    Inscriptions from nine school friends, circa 1826.

Box 1, folder 2. Botany lessons, undated.

Box 1, folder 3. Commonplace books (poetry), undated. Three volumes.

Box 1, folder 4. German lessons, undated. Two volumes. One signed by Anna Hazard.

Box 1, folder 5. Historical lessons, undated. Thirteen volumes.

Box 1, folder 6. Latin lessons, undated.

Box 1, folder 7. Mathematics and book-keeping lessons, 1830 and undated, five volumes.

Box 1, folder 8. Penmanship books, 1826 and undated. Five volumes.

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Crandall, Prudence (1803-1890)

Cyphering books

Hazard, Anna (1820-1905)

Moses Brown School (Providence, R.I.)

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