Hale, Edward Everett

Date range: 1853-1908
Location: A/H15
Size: 1 box (76 letters, 1 document, 1 photograph)


Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909) was a teacher, author, minister of the Church of the Unity, Worcester, Mass., (1846-1856) and of the South Congregational (Unitarian) Church, Boston, Mass., (1856-1909), editor of the monthly magazines, Old and New (1870-1875) and Lend a Hand: A Record of Progress (1886-1897), and chaplain of the U. S. Senate (1903-1909). He was the author of the famous short story, "The Man Without a Country" (Atlantic Monthly, December 1863).

The collection contains letters written by Edward Everett Hale to his father, Nathan Hale, editor of the Boston Daily Advertiser (1814-1854), to friends and business acquaintances. Notable amongst these are his letters to Richard Watson Gilder, editor of The Century and author of poetry books, and Franklin Benjamin Sanborn, author and editor of the Boston Commonwealth (1863-1867), Springfield Republican (1868-1914), and Journal of Social Sciences (1867-1897). In his letters, he expresses his views on the Unitarian church and the problem of Southern education. He refers to the sale and publication of his books and articles and mentions his endeavors with the Emigrant Aid Company that sought a "free" Kansas and his book on the subject, Kanzas. In several of the letters, he describes his work as editor of the publications, Old and New and Lend a Hand: A Record of Progress. Also included is a document petitioning guardianship of an orphan by Mr. Hale (April 23, 1858) and a photograph of Hale.

The letters have been indexed.

Presented to the University of Rochester Library by Edward G. Miner, November 30, 1942 and purchased from John Heise Autographs, February 2, 1949.





Box 1: Correspondence



  1. 1853 - 1858
  2. 1859 - 1860
  3. 1861 - 1876
  4. 1877 - 1887
  5. 1888 - 1892
  6. 1893 - 1900
  7. 1901 - 1908; Photograph of Edward Everett Hale
  8. Petition written by E. E. Hale to the County Court of Hartford, Conn. asking to be appointed guardian of William Akerman, an orphan, April 23, 1858.