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Title: William Goodell Family Papers, Part 1, 1780-1892Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Primary Creator: Goodell family.

Other Creators: Frost, Maria Goodell., Goodell, Lavinia., Goodell, William.

Extent: 17.0 MS boxes

Arrangement:

The William Goodell Family Papers (Part 1) are arranged into two series, which are further divided into subseries:

Series 1 - William Goodell Documents

Sub-Series 1A - Writings

Sub-Series 1B - Sermons and Addresses

Sub-Series 1C - Correspondence

Sub-Series 1D - Antislavery Sources

Sub-Series 1E - Temperance

Series 2 - Goodell Family Papers

Sub-Series 2A - Personal and Biographical Family Documents

Sub-Series 2B - Family Correspondence

Sub-Series 2C - Writings of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost

Sub-Series 2D - Elizabeth Peck’s notes on the life of Lavinia Goodell

Subjects: Abolitionists -- Correspondence., Abolitionists., American Missionary Association., Antislavery movements -- United States -- History -- 19th century -- Sources., Berea College, Frost, Maria Goodell., Frost, William G. -- (William Goodell) -- 1854-1938, Goodell, Clarissa Cady., Goodell, Lavinia., Goodell, William -- 1792-1878, Goodell family., National Prohibition Party (U.S.)., Smith, Gerrit -- 1797-1874, Spooner, Lysander -- 1808-1887, Tappan, Lewis -- 1788-1873, Temperance., Torrey, Charles T. -- (Charles Turner) -- 1813-1846, United States -- Race relations -- History -- 19th century -- Sources., Weld, Theodore.

Languages: English

Abstract

William Goodell, a native of New York, was a prominent 19th century abolitionist and temperance reformer.  He either edited or published such reform-minded publications as the Investigator and General Intelligencer, Friend of Man, Christian Investigator, and Principia.  Although never ordained, he founded a church in Honeoye, New York, in 1842, based on the principles of emancipation, prohibition and church reform. Goodell was among those who organized the American Missionary Society (date unknown) and the National Prohibition Party in 1869.  In 1870 he and his wife Clarissa Cady Goodell moved to Janesville, Wisconsin, home of their two daughters, where he remained until his death.  The collection includes over 380 of Goodell's sermons and addresses; correspondence with family, colleagues, and such prominent abolitionists as Gerrit Smith, Lewis Tappan, Theodore Weld, Charles Torrey and Lysander Spooner; and various writings. Included in Goodell's writings are manuscripts of Moral Excellence: The Highest Good; Moral Right, The Highest Law; The Theology of Jesus Christ; and Congregationalism, which were never published.  Also present are smaller writings on anti-slavery and temperance and many poems.

Maria Goodell Frost, eldest daughter of William and Clarissa Goodell, was the mother of Berea College's third president—William G. Frost.  Like her father, Maria was an advocate of both abolitionist and temperance reform.  She was also active in the women's suffrage movement.  Included in the collection are Mrs. Frost's personal diaries of the years 1874, 1877, and 1879-1884; an unpublished manuscript on the life of Lavinia Goodell; Temperance Essay; and an article entitled Ten Reasons Why Women Should Vote.  Correspondence includes letters to and from Mrs. Frost's husband, Rev. Lewis Frost; her son, Lewis Clayton Frost; other family members; and her publisher.

Lavinia Goodell, the younger daughter of William and Clarissa Goodell, became, in 1874, the first woman lawyer admitted to the Wisconsin bar.  Her papers include 6 personal diaries (1873, 1874, 1876, 1877, 1878, 1879, and 1880) which document her day-to-day activities, and extensive correspondence with family and friends.  Also present is a brief given by Miss Goodell before the Wisconsin State Supreme Court, an essay entitled The Responsibility of the North for Slavery, and other miscellaneous writings.

Following his mother's death in in Berea in 1899, William Goodell Frost, third president of Berea College, placed the Goodell family papers in the Berea College Library (some had already been donated to Oberlin College while he was a faculty member there).

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The William Goodell Family Papers (Part 1) consists of correspondence, writings, sermons and addresses, diaries, and biographical material of William Goodell (1792-1878), and his two daughters, Maria Goodell Frost (1826-1899) and Lavinia Goodell (1839-1880).

Subject/Index Terms

Abolitionists -- Correspondence.
Abolitionists.
American Missionary Association.
Antislavery movements -- United States -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
Berea College
Frost, Maria Goodell.
Frost, William G. -- (William Goodell) -- 1854-1938
Goodell, Clarissa Cady.
Goodell, Lavinia.
Goodell, William -- 1792-1878
Goodell family.
National Prohibition Party (U.S.).
Smith, Gerrit -- 1797-1874
Spooner, Lysander -- 1808-1887
Tappan, Lewis -- 1788-1873
Temperance.
Torrey, Charles T. -- (Charles Turner) -- 1813-1846
United States -- Race relations -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
Weld, Theodore.

Administrative Information

Repository: Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

Access Restrictions: Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Use Restrictions: There are no restrictions on use by researchers other than federal copyright restrictions. Please cite all information and records.

Related Materials:

William Goodell Family Papers, Part 2, Berea College Special Collections and Archives

Anti-Slavery Collection, Berea College Special Collections and Archives

Founders and Founding, Berea College Special Collections and Archives

William G. Frost Papers, Berea College Special Collections and Archives

William Goodell Family Papers (RG 30/29), Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item/Folder/Box], The William Goodell Family Papers (Part 1), Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Berea, KY, Special Collections and Archives, Berea College, Berea, Ky.

Processing Information: The finding aid was updated in February 2016. The finding aid was updated in October 2019 to reflect the addition of Part 2 of the papers.

Other Note:

Berea College students, faculty, and staff can access materials described below through the online Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice: 1490-2007 portal hosted by Adam Matthew Digital at http://www.slavery.amdigital.co.uk/Contents/Library.aspx?id=15.

Collection Number: BCA 0179 HC 04B


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Series 2: Goodell FamilyAdd to your cart.
This series consists primarily of personal records of Maria G. Frost and Lavinia Goodell, as well as the more personal letters and an autobiography by William Goodell. Writings by the Goodell sisters are collected here.
Sub-Series 2A: Personal and Biographical DocumentsAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Most of these are small diaries kept by Maria Frost and Lavinia Goodell.
Box 12Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 1: William Goodell-Journey 1824-25Add to your cart.
Item 2: Maria Goodell Frost-Diary 1874Add to your cart.
Item 3: Maria Goodell Frost-Diary 1877Add to your cart.
Item 4: Maria Goodell Frost-Diary 1879Add to your cart.
Item 5: Maria Goodell Frost-Diary 1880Add to your cart.
Item 6: Maria Goodell Frost-Diary 1881Add to your cart.
Item 7: Maria Goodell Frost-Diary 1882 and Lavinia Goodell-Diary 1880Add to your cart.
Item 8: Maria Goodell Frost-Diary 1883Add to your cart.
Item 9: Maria Goodell Frost-Diary 1884Add to your cart.
Item 10: Maria Goodell Frost-Diary 1886Add to your cart.
Item 11: Maria Goodell Frost-Diary 1888Add to your cart.
Item 12: Maria Goodell Frost-Diary 1889Add to your cart.
Item 13: Maria Goodell Frost-Diary 1890Add to your cart.
Item 14: Maria Goodell Frost-Diary 1891Add to your cart.
Item 15: Maria Goodell Frost-Diary 1892Add to your cart.
Item 16: Maria Goodell Frost-Diary 1894Add to your cart.
Item 17: Maria Goodell Frost-Diary 1895Add to your cart.
Item 18: Maria Goodell Frost-Diary 1897Add to your cart.
Item 19: Lavinia Goodell-Diary 1873Add to your cart.
Item 20: Lavinia Goodell-Diary 1874Add to your cart.
Item 21: Lavinia Goodell-Diary 1876Add to your cart.
Item 22: Lavinia Goodell-Diary 1877Add to your cart.
Item 23: Lavinia Goodell-Diary 1878Add to your cart.
Item 24: Lavinia Goodell-Diary 1879Add to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 1: Papers from Maria G. Frost's Diary, 1881Add to your cart.
Folder 2: GenealogyAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Portraits and PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Includes image of Lewis P. Frost and Maria Goodell Frost
Folder 4: WillsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: William Goodell AutobiographiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: “Wisconsin Then and Now”Add to your cart.
Article on Lavinia Goodell
Folder 8: Officer's Commission for Zachariah GoodellAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: In MemoriamAdd to your cart.
for William Goodell
Folder 10: Lavinia Goodell ObituariesAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Miscellaneous ItemsAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2B: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria FrostAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Much of Maria's correspondence with her husband Lewis Frost, her sister, parents, and children, is preserved here. Lavinia's personal correspondence is also preserved, mostly with family members and friends.
Box 13Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 12: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1815Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1820-1822Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1838-1839Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1842-1845Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1846-1847Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1848-1849Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1850Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1851-1852Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1853Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1853Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1854Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1855Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1856Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1857-1858Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1859Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1860Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1861Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1862Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1863Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1863Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1864Add to your cart.
Box 14Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 1: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1865Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1865Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1866Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1866Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1867Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1868Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1868Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1869Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1870Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1870Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1871Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1871Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1872Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1873Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1874Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1874Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1875Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1876Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1877Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1877Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1878Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1879Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1880Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1881-1885Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Correspondence of Lavinia Goodell and Maria Frost, 1886-1892Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2C: Writings of Lavinia Goodell and Maria FrostAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
A historically significant document, Lavinia's brief for presentation to the Wisconsin Supreme Court makes a compelling argument, and its acceptance sealed her efforts to see women lawyers recognized. Both Maria's account of her sister's life and her statement on women's suffrage are of great interest.
Box 14Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Manuscript of Life of Lavinia Goodell (by Maria G. Frost)Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Life of Lavinia GoodellAdd to your cart.
(Fragments)
Folder 2: Brief Biography of Lavinia Goodell (by Maria G. Frost)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Ten Reasons Why Women Should Vote (by Maria G. Frost)Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Temperance Essay (by Maria G. Frost)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Miscellaneous (by Maria G. Frost)Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Brief for Wisconsin State Supreme Court (by Lavinia Goodell)Add to your cart.
Folder 7: The Responsibility of the North for Slavery (by Lavinia Goodell)Add to your cart.
Folder 8: The Underground Railroad (by Lavinia Goodell)Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Articles by Lavinia Goodell - ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2D: Notes on Lavinia Goodell by Elisabeth PeckAdd to your cart.
Elisabeth Peck, who started teaching at Berea in 1912, wrote a book-length manuscript about Lavinia Goodell that was never published. She transcribed some of Lavinia's letters and diary entries from the William Goodell Family Papers in the process of her research. Elisabeth Peck's use of this material may be traced in the earlier draft of her manuscript on Lavinia Goodell in the Berea College Archives, and in the final version, in the Berea Collection, entitled, So Life is Learning.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Peck Notes: GeneralAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Lavinia Goodell - play as a childAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Familyness in youth (family)Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Lavinia Goodell's healthAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Childhood with MariaAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Rusticating for healthAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Lavinia Goodell, Teaching in WilliamsburgAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Glimpses of Civil WarAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Lavinia Goodell, Working for father and publishing businessAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Lavinia Goodell, Growing ReligionAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Lavinia Goodell and NegroesAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Life with German familyAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Lavinia Goodell, Travel sightsAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: First visit to Janesville, Maria and WilliamAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Lavinia and Maria: Adult relationshipAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Lavinia Goodell, Childhood with fatherAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Lavinia Goodell, Temperance Work, Temperance ClubAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Lavinia Goodell and DressAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Lavinia Goodell and Women's Rights IssuesAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Lavinia Goodell, Jail boysAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Lavinia Goodell, Women's CongressAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Lavinia Goodell, Interest in Prison ReformAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: Lavinia Goodell, Self-examinationAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: Lavinia Goodell, Operations and struggling for recovery (health)Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Lavinia Goodell Homes in JanesvilleAdd to your cart.
Folder 35: Lavinia Goodell, MoodsAdd to your cart.
Folder 36: Important people met, not literaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: Lavinia Goodell; Going into lawAdd to your cart.
Folder 38: Childhood ways of Lavinia Goodell, not written by William or MariaAdd to your cart.
Folder 39: Lavinia Goodell as Notary PublicAdd to your cart.
Folder 40: Lavinia Goodell on women in politicsAdd to your cart.
Folder 41: Lavinia Goodell, Health in 1870sAdd to your cart.
Folder 42: Lavinia Goodell, Law StudiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 43: Father (William Goodell) in JanesvilleAdd to your cart.
Folder 44: Lavinia Goodell, a woman as lawyerAdd to your cart.
Folder 45: Lavinia Goodell, Experience in public speakingAdd to your cart.
Folder 46: Lavinia Goodell, Law office in JanesvilleAdd to your cart.
Folder 47: Lavinia Goodell's writingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 48: Lavinia Goodell, Admission to Wisconsin BarAdd to your cart.
Folder 49: Lavinia Goodell, Law practiceAdd to your cart.
Folder 50: Lavinia Goodell, Work on State Legislature of WisconsinAdd to your cart.
Folder 51: Lavinia Goodell, Law OfficeAdd to your cart.
Folder 52: Lavinia Goodell Letter (Carbon Copies) (typed excerpts from selected letters from 1854-1879)Add to your cart.
Folder 53: William Goodell, memorial 1879Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Lavinia Goodell, Settles in MadisonAdd to your cart.
Folder 55: Lavinia Goodell, Closing Weeks (of classes, teaching, 1880)Add to your cart.
Folder 56: Lavinia Goodell's WillAdd to your cart.
Folder 57: Dorothy Thomas correspondence with Elizabeth Peck, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 58: William Goodell, Peck notesAdd to your cart.

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