James Burns Wallace-George Kimball Papers, 1827-1842

Collection number: MC 12
Size: 1 box (0.20 cu.ft.)

About James Burns Wallace and George Kimball

James Burns Wallace (1813-1853) was born in Salem, N.H. He eventually settled in Canaan, N.H., where he worked as a printer, merchant, teacher, and soldier. He described himself as a “reformist, an abolitionist, a pure Radical.” George Kimball (1787-1858) was an attorney, a postmaster, and an antislavery advocate from Canaan, N.H. With others, he founded a school for higher learning in the town - Noyes Academy - in 1834 and persuaded the trustees and patrons to admit pupils without regard to color. However, after a number of black students had been admitted, there was an uprising by members of the adjacent communities who forcibly removed them from the town and then dismantled the building.

About the Wallace-Kimball papers

The collection contains 42 letters, 18 of them to George Kimball and 17 written by James Burns Wallace. Most of Wallace’s letters are addressed to his brother, William A. Wallace. These concern Kimball’s school, Wallace’s employment as a printer, and business conditions during the period. There are also letters from other members of the Wallace family and manuscripts of two articles written by James B. Wallace. The letters written to Kimball, from abolitionists Samuel H. Cox, David Child and N.P. Rogers, an attorney and editor of the Herald of Freedom, an antislavery newspaper published in Concord, concern legal matters and pledge support for Kimball’s school corresponded with Kimball.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Wallace-Kimball Papers, 1827-1842, MC 12, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Purchase, Manuscript Co. of Springfield, 1982 (Accession number: 821)

Collection Contents

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1Letters to George Kimball, from Moody Kent (3) and N.P. Rogers (2), 1827
Box 1, Folder 2Letters to George Kimball, from Josiah Forsyth (?) (1), George Kent (2), Francis N. Fisk (1), 1828
Box 1, Folder 3Letters to George Kimball, one each from Stephen Ambrose and N.P. Rogers, 1829
Box 1, Folder 4Letters to George Kimball, one each from N. P. Rogers and William Haynes, 1830
Box 1, Folder 5Letters to George Kimball, one each from Samuel H. Cox and Amos A. Brewster, 1834-1835
Box 1, Folder 6Letters from N.P. Rogers (3), undated
Box 1, Folder 7Letters from James B. Wallace, 1827
Box 1, Folder 8Letters from James B. Wallace, 1832-1834
Box 1, Folder 9Letters from James B. Wallace, 1835-1836
Box 1, Folder 10Letters from James B. Wallace, 1837-1840
Box 1, Folder 11Wallace family correspondence, 7 items, undated
Box 1, Folder 12Manuscript: "Canaan” by James Burns Wallace, 1830s
Box 1, Folder 13Manuscript: “Killing Time” by James Burns Wallace, 1830s
Finding Aid Image TEMP
James Burns Wallace


Letters & Postcards
Manuscripts & Typescripts