James S. Hallowell


Box 132, 3 boxes, (.83 linear feet)

Biographical/Historical Note: James S. Hallowell was the founder of the Alexandria Female Seminary.   The Seminary operated from 1848 to 1860.   Between the years 1842 and 1846, James S. Hallowell and his brother, Caleb, were principals of the Alexandria Boarding School.   Caleb and James were nephews of Benjamin Hallowell, who founded Alexandria Boarding School in 1824 and was central to the establishment of the Alexandria Lyceum and the Virginia American Water Company.

Scope and Content Note: The James S. Hallowell Collection consists of papers from the Alexandria Boarding School (1824 - ?) including: correspondence from parents to the school, minutes, and catalogs.   Also in the collection are the regulations and catalogs of the Alexandria Female Seminary (1848-1860).   Additionally there are class notes and exercises (of undetermined origin), a report card, and personal diary books from James S. Hallowell and Mary [S.] Hallowell.

Series Descriptions:   Series I,- Alexandria Boarding School, is divided into three subseries. Series is organized chronologically: Catalogs, 1842 and 1844; Minute Book, 1840-1843; and Correspondence, 1842-1846   Series II,- Alexandria Female Seminary, consists of two subseries. Series is organized chronologically. Regulations, Catalogs, 1849-1859   Series III, Instructional/Class Materials, is divided into two subseries. Geometry Problems, Notebook Entries   Series IV, Diaries consists of personal diary books of James S. Hallowell (for 1853-1877) and Mary [S.] Hallowell (for 1863). (Mary Hallowell was probably Benjamin Hallowell's daughter.)   Series V, Pictures consists of a water color portrait of James S. Hallowell (1821-1886), and a photographic portrait of Anne Gilpin Stabler.

Related Materials: Vertical files-Bio.-Hallowell Family;   Vertical Files-Hallowell School;   MSS Vertical Files-Schools Collection, BOX 240 and BOX 240A;   Prints, Drawings and Photographs Collection, Box 109.   The watercolor and photographs in Series V, Images, have been transferred to the Hallowell Collection of the Photographic Collection.

Sources: Donor and Dates: Descendant, October 12, 1996.

Adam L. Button, Summer Intern, 1997


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