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Inkwell, Stand and Pens

Clara Barton was a prolific writer.  She penned poetry, kept diaries, wrote speeches and corresponded with hundreds of friends, relatives and associates.  She replied to 41,855 letters of inquiry between 1865 -1869 while at the Office of Correspondence with Friends of the Missing Men of the United States Army.  She wrote two books, the Red Cross in Peace and War, A Story of the Red Cross and The Story of My Childhood, and numerous American Red Cross reports, pamphlets and articles.  Barton sent Christmas and New Year greetings and photographs by the hundreds each year from Glen Echo, often adding her personalized signature.  As President of the National First Aid Association of America, she signed hundreds of First Aid certificates and diplomas issued by the organization. She used these pens to write notes.


Iron. L 13.7, W 12 cm
Clara Barton National Historic Site, CLBA 2426


Glass. H 5.1, W 7.2 cm
Clara Barton National Historic Site, CLBA 2425