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Richard and Clarissa Chapman Armstrong, 1826 - 1890

Identifier: VI
Richard and Clarissa Chapman Armstrong were the parents of Samuel Chapman Armstrong and their papers span the years 1826-1890. Richard's papers include a journal of his voyage to the Sandwich Islands as a newlywed in 1831 as well as manuscripts contemplating the native population he encountered throughout his lifetime of work as missionary and educator. Other papers include correspondence from family and friends regarding secular and spiritual matters, sermons and addresses, editorials, and hymns. Clarissa's papers include her essay, "Story of a Cannibal Chair," the autobiographical "Story of a Mountain Girl," miscellaneous legal and personal papers and a folder of biographical material concerning both her husband and herself. A scrapbook among Samuel Armstrong's "Hawaii" papers includes a series of Clarissa's articles entitled "Sketches of Mission Life." Richard and Clarissa's letters to Samuel Chapman Armstrong may be found in Samuel's Personal Papers.


  • 1826 - 1890

Language of Materials

In English and Hawaiian.

Conditions Governing Access

The Samuel Chapman Armstrong Papers is open for research. Researchers are encouraged to contact Special Collections staff prior to a visit.


From the Collection: 24.5 Linear Feet (16 boxes)

Repository Details

Part of the Williams College Archives & Special Collections Repository

Sawyer Library
26 Hopkins Hall Drive
Williamstown, MA 01267