This collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, and first publications of 19th-century Maine writer, Sarah Orne Jewett. The bulk of the collection consists of letters written by Jewett to various correspondents between 1879 and 1908. The collection also contains manuscript items of varying length, an Anecdote Book, clippings, published writings, and a few photographic prints. Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909) of South Berwick, Maine achieved note as an author and poet. The daughter of Dr. Theodore Jewett, she was educated at Berwick Academy, though her studies were frequently interrupted by illness. She never married and lived most of her life in her home town. In later years she traveled to the West Indies and to Europe with her friend, Annie Adams Fields. Jewett's writing depicts her native state and its people with a clarity and sympathy that are still admired. In 1901 she received the first honorary Litt.D. awarded to a woman by Bowdoin College, her father's alma mater. Among her best known works are A Country Doctor and Country of the Pointed Firs.
Collection of Sarah Orne Jewett Materials, Colby College Special Collections, Waterville, Maine.