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Guide to the Emily Chubbuck Judson papers



Descriptive Summary

Identification: M3005

Creator :Judson, Emily C. (Emily Chubbuck)

Title: Emily Chubbuck Judson papers

Dates: 1846-1953

Extent: 0.3 Linear Feet

Language: English

Collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Author, teacher, and missionary Emily Chubbuck Judson was born in Eaton, New York, on August 22, 1817, to Charles Chubbuck and Lavinia Richards. After serving as a teacher at the public schools in and around Morrisville, New York, from 1832 to 1840, Judson was invited to study on scholarship at the Utica Female Seminary, where she remained until 1846 as a teacher of English composition.

Building upon earlier anonymous literary pursuits, Judson began to publish and receive recognition under her own maiden name in 1841, with children's books like Charles Linn; or, How to Observe the Golden Rule (1841) and John Frick; or, The Third Commandment Illustrated (1844). In 1844 she became a regular contributor to the popular New York weekly, the Mirror, under the pseudonym Franny Forester. The sketches she wrote as Forester revolved around rural and small town life, and were soon picked up by other popular publications.

After marrying Baptist missionary and widower Adoniram Judson in Hamilton, New York, on June 2, 1846, Judson traveled with her husband to Burma, where she remained, learning Burmese, assisting her husband with a Burmese dictionary, and completing a spiritual memoir of her husband's first wife, Sarah, until her husband's death in 1850. Back in the United States, she settled in Hamilton with her parents, sister, five stepchildren, and daughter. She died as the result of tuberculosis in Hamilton in 1834, where she is buried.


Jeanne M. Malloy, "Judson, Emily Chubbuck," American National Biography Online accessed March 6, 2014,

Scope and Contents

Letters, one holograph poem manuscript, and other items relating to the Eaton writer Emily Chubbuck Judson who died in Hamilton in 1854.


Manuscripts (document genre)
Judson, Emily C. (Emily Chubbuck)
Judson, Emily C. (Emily Chubbuck)

Separated Materials

One ambrotype of Judson is located in the history of photography holdings in Special Collections and University Archives.

Contents List

Box 1 Folder 1
1846 February 22
Autograph letter signed, Utica, New York [Letter to Friends]

2 pages

Box 1 Folder 2
Copy/Letter of plaque in honor of "Fanny Forester"

2 pages

Box 1 Folder 3
"Cash Book"
Box 1 Folder 4
Postcard of Underhill Cottage

1 page

Box 1 Folder 5
1848 January 14
Manuscript for poem "My Bird"

1 page

Box 1 Folder 6
1853 September 25
Autograph letter signed, Hamilton, New York

1 page

Box 1 Folder 7
1853 July 13
Autograph letter signed, Newton Centre

1 page

Box 1 Folder 8
1951 June 3
Dedication Program

1 page

Box 1 Folder 9
1953 June
Florman's Thesis: "Franny Forester: A Critical Estimate of her Prose & Poetry" and typed letter signed, Latham, New York

94 pages

Box 1 Folder 10
1857 October 30
Autograph letter signed, Hamilton, New York

1 page

Box 1 Folder 11
1951 June 3
Typed letter signed, Hamilton, New York

7 pages

Box 1 Folder 12
1951 June 3
Typed letter signed, Utica, New York

3 page

Box 1 Folder 13
Postcard of Franny Forester's Home

1 page

Box 1 Folder 14
1934 July 1
Typed letter signed, Mason, New Hampshire

21 pages

Box 1 Folder 15
Judson photograph with negative

1 photograph

Box 1 Folder 16
Ms. J Essay, signed E. Chubbuck

1 page


Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries


Francesca Livermore, Fatbardha (Bardha) Ajeti, and Lora J. Davis, April 17, 2012.


March 6, 2014: Biographical note added.

September 2, 2015: Filing title added by Frances Holmes


[Identification of item (Author, Title, and Date of item if known)], M3005, Emily Chubbuck Judson papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries.

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