[Fryeburg, Maine]: 1848-1901.
Hardcover. Small quarto. Measuring 7½" x 9½" (24 x 18.5 cm.). Approximately 52 leaves have been used for autographs or illustrations, and including approximately 80 signers. Black leather with gilt and blind-stamped decorations, all edges gilt. Lightly edgeworn, with short splits at the joint ends and tiny holes at the front joint, overall very good and internally about fine.
The autograph album of Georgiana Souther Barrows (1828-1913), a graduate of the Ladies Department of Fryeburg Academy, the mother of Maine writer Anne Barrows, and the wife of influential Republican state politician George Bradley Barrows. Although little information is readily available about Georgiana herself, her autograph album suggests she was deeply interested in Women's Suffrage and the Abolitionist movements, and interacted with many of the major figures in these areas when they visited Fryeburg. One of the more interesting pages is Signed by suffragists Lucy Stone, Alice Stone Blackwell and Henry Blackwell -- respectively, "Equal rights for all," "Ditto," and "Amen!" -- followed by a note from Susie C. Vogl: "Women's rights are Men's rights / only this & nothing more."
Other notables who have Signed include: Julia Ward Howe (with a flyer laid in for her Starkey Seminary Sunshine Lodge), Julia R. Anagnos (the daughter of Julia Ward Howe, and the wife of Michael Anagnos, director of the Perkins School for the Blind and who sent Annie Sullivan to teach Helen Keller, author Laura E. Richards, Edward Everett Hale (with his picture tipped-in), William Dean Howells, John Greenleaf Whittier, Mary A. Livermore, Benjamin Champney (who has drawn a pencil illustration), Henrietta L.T. Wolcott, Sarah W. Devoll (signed at the Women's Social Science Congress), Abby W. May (who was elected to the Boston School Committee and was refused admittance, and who agitated for suffrage), Kate Gannett Wells, Mary F. Eastman (educator and suffragette), Caroline F. Frye (suffragette), poet Caroline Dana Howe, Alice Freeman Palmer (educator and president of Wellesley College), poet Mary Artemisia Lathbury, Mary Livermore (a journalist, abolitionist, and advocate of women's rights), Abby Morton Diaz (women's rights organizer and industrial reformer), also with a long poem by S.E. Forman (co-author of *The Woman Voter's Manual*, which had an introduction by Carrie Chapman Catt), and many others, some of whom have written verse and in some cases signed their contributions only with initials.
An uncommon accumulation of signatures, spanning 50 years of one woman's involvement with the women's suffrage and abolitionist movements in the United States. We suspect additional research would yield more interesting information.