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Sanborn, Kate, 1839-1917



  • Existence: 1839 - 1917


Katherine Abbott Sanborn was born on July 11, 1839 in Hanover, New Hampshire. She was the daughter of Edwin David Sanborn (1808-1885) and Mary Ann Webster (1816-1864. Sanborn was educated at home by her father and tutors and by the age of seventeen was supporting herself by writing. She also began teaching and taught at Mary Institute, the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn and Smith College. Sanborn was the originator of Current Event classes in many of the literary clubs, which became common in many cities of the United States. She wrote over 40 lectures, but among her best-known works were "Adopting an Abandoned Farm," and "Abandoning an Adopted Farm." She also wrote reviews for the "National Magazine" and edited calendars and holiday books. She died on July 9, 1917.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Kate Sanborn papers

Identifier: MS-754
Date(s): 1910 to 1941

Kate Sanborn (1839-1917), author and lecturer. The collection contains two notebooks containing Sanborn's lecture notes on Italian art of the medieval and Renaissance periods and on literature, particularly a long essay on Longfellow as well as three poems in typescript, letters and a signed photograph.

Katherine Abbott Sanborn letter

Identifier: Mss 864681
Mss 864681
Date(s): 1864-12-31

Webster-Sanborn Family daguerreotype and tintype collection

Identifier: 1729
Iconography 1729
Date(s): circa 1845-1870
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