Horace Mann Family Papers
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The Horace Mann Family Papers includes records pertaining to Antioch College and items owned by members of the extended family including personal journals, scrapbooks, correspondence, volumes, notes, photographs and a passport.
- Mann Family (Creator, Family)
Collection is open for research.
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.
Horace Mann was born in 1796 to Rebecca and Thomas Mann. He had two brothers, Thomas and Stephen, and two sisters, Rebecca and Lydia. He married twice during his lifetime. His first marriage was to Charlotte Messer in 1830--the daughter of Brown University's president during Horace's time there. Messer passed away after only two years of marriage. Ten years later Mann married his second wife, Mary Peabody, and had three children--Horace Jr., George Combe, and Benjamin Pickman. Mann was and educational reformer and politician, and the first president of Antioch College in 1853. He served at Antioch until his death in 1859
Two of Mann's nieces are of particular interest to this collection, Elizabeth Pennell Blake and Rebecca Mann Pennell Dean. They both attended Lexington Normal School and found success in teaching afterwards. Rebecca M. Dean became a professor at Antioch, the first female professor in the United States.
3.5 Linear Feet (2 cartons, 1 oversize box)
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Collection contains correspondence, school papers and textbooks, notebooks, printed volumes, photographs, a circa 1850s passport with visas, and other materials documenting the activities of Horace Mann and his family.
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