Caroline Wells Healey Dall

ID: 2005-17691

Creator: Black, J. W. Photographer Boston

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1870s

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 6, Folder: 43, Dall, William Healey - Family

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  • Caroline Wells Healey Dall (1822-1912, author and reformer, was born in Boston, sitting at a table reading a book. Caroline Healey was well educated by the standards of women's education of the time. Caroline Healey's interests as a young woman centered in the social and intellectual changes occurring in the Unitarian community. She married Charles Dall and bore two children, one of whom was William H. Dall, who was a paleontologist for the United States Geological Survey at the Smithsonian's United States National Museum (now the National Museum of Natural History).
  • Caroline Dall's life epitomizes the blend of opportunities and restrictions that educated women confronted in mid-nineteenth-century America. Influenced by Unitarianism, transcendentalism, and social science, Dall produced one penetrating study of women but had little chance to develop her intellectual talents fully or to pursue professional goals. Active in the women's rights movement but temperamentally unsuited for public leadership, she devoted herself thereafter mainly to writing.


  • Dall, William Healey 1845-1927
  • Dall, Caroline Wells Healey 1822-1912


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Old Neg. #SA-1146 is located in RU 95, Box 72.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 6, Folder: 43, Dall, William Healey - Family

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  • Women
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  • Suffrage
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  • Civil rights
  • Human rights
  • Women--Legal status, laws, etc
  • Women--Suffrage
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  • Photographic print
  • Person, candid

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Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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