Manuscript Collection: MS 0534
Agency History/Biographical note:
Joseph Emerson was born on October 13, 1777. He attended Harvard
University, graduated in 1798 and taught for a short time before
becoming a minister. In 1818 he founded the Byfield Female Seminary,
in Byfield, Massachusetts. Here, Zilpah Grant Banister taught
hundreds of students, before she went on to found her own school.
Joseph Emerson died on May 13, 1833 in Wethersfield.
Scope and Content:
Letters to relatives, friends and former pupils, 1803-1832;
manuscript and published lectures, addresses and other writings, ca.
1803- 1844; and biographical material. Also includes letters and
writings, 1833-ca. 1840, of one of his daughters, Nancy Emerson.
Cite as: Joseph Emerson Papers, Mount Holyoke College,
Archives and Special Collections, South Haldey,
Access Restrictions: Unrestricted