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Mary Gove Nichols – References

Adams, H. (1857) A Cyclopaedia of Female Biography: Consisting of Sketches of all Women Distinguished by Great Talents, Strength of Character, Piety, Benevolence, or Moral Virtue of any Kind. London: Groombridge and Sons.

Blake, John B. “Mary Gove Nichols, Prophetess of Health,” in Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association. Vol. 106. June 29, 1962, pp. 219–234.

Britannica, The Editors of Encyclopaedia. “Mary Gove Nichols”. Encyclopedia Britannica, 6 Aug. 2023, Accessed 27 December 2023.

Kirschmann, Anne Taylor. Review of Shameless: The Visionary Life of Mary Gove Nichols. Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, vol. 58 no. 2, 2003, p. 233-235. Project MUSE

Portraits of American Women Writers: Accessed 28 December 2023.

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Nichole, Marnie. (2019). The Art of Healing: Mary Gove Nichol’s Crusade for Women’s Wellness. Master of Arts in History Boise State University.

Nichols, Mary Gove. (1810–1884) .” Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. 11 Dec. 2023 <>.

Noever, Janet Hubly. “Passionate Rebel: The Life of Mary Gove Nichols, 1810–1884,” Ph.D. dissertation, University of Oklahoma, 1983.

Richards, Irving T. “Mary Gove Nichols and John Neal,” in The New England Quarterly. Vol. 7. July 1934, pp. 335–355.

Stearns, Bertha-Monica. “Two Forgotten New England Reformers,” in New England Quarterly. Vol. 6. March 1933, pp. 59–84.

Stearns, Bertha-Monica. “Two Forgotten New England Reformers.” The New England Quarterly, vol. 6, no. 1, 1933, pp. 59–84. JSTOR, Accessed 2 Jan. 2024.

Sue Young Histories. Mary Sargeant Gove Nichols 1810 – 1884. January 23, 2008. Accessed 28 December 2023.

Water-Cure Journal and Herald of Reforms, July 1851 – missing pages 1-2.

  • This work by Stearns relies entirely on primary source accounts of Mary’s life, including her publications and the letters and personal papers of Mary’s second husband, Thomas L. Nichols. Stearns primarily focuses on Mary’s activism and argues that these interests and colleagues render Mary unrepresentative of the average nineteenth-century woman.
  • devoted to physiology, hydropathy, and the laws of life July 1851
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