Galatea Collection

The extremely rare pamphlet of the report on the Seneca Falls Convention, from the personal library of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, donated to Higginson by her son., opens a new window(Rare Books & Manuscripts) A collection devoted to the history of women and particularly strong in 19th-century books by and about women. The nucleus of the Galatea Collection was presented to the Library by Thomas Wentworth Higginson, opens a new window in 1896. Unable, at the time, to identify any other institutional collection focused on women and women's history, Higginson built the Galatea Collection with the intent of donating it the BPL.

A catalog of the Galatea Collection, opens a new window was published in 1898, but many volumes have since been added through gifts, transfers, and purchases. These additions include a number of important periodicals such as the Lowell Offering (1843-1845), Woman’s Era (1894-1897), and Woman’s Journal (1870-1917). The collection is documented in the Research Publication’s microfilm series, The History of Women.

Online access: Items that have been fully electronically cataloged can be retrieved through either of the online catalogs, opens a new window via a title search for "Galatea Collection (Boston Public Library)".

The Emily Dickinson manuscript material from the Galatea collection is available through the BPL's online collections, opens a new window. (Rare Books & Manuscripts)

Pictured at right: The extremely rare pamphlet of the report on the Seneca Falls Convention, from the personal library of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, donated to Higginson by her son. BPL P.60.979