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MS Am 1130.17

Pratt, Frederic Alcott, 1862-1910. Frederic Alcott Pratt papers on Louisa May Alcott's literary estate, 1877-1908: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1130.17
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Pratt, Frederic Alcott, 1862-1910.
Title: Frederic Alcott Pratt papers on Louisa May Alcott's literary estate,
Date(s): 1877-1908.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters to Frederic Alcott Pratt concerning the literary estate of Concord (Mass.) writer Louisa May Alcott. Includes receipts and invoices.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

59M-310 (150). Deposited by: Mrs. F. Wolsey Pratt, Indian Spring Road, Concord, Massachusetts; received: 1960 June; purchased: 1992.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Megan K. Friedel

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Frederic Alcott Pratt Papers on Louisa May Alcott's Literary Estate, 1877-1908 (MS Am 1130.17). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Pratt was the nephew of the writer Louisa May Alcott and the son of her sister Anna Bronson Alcott Pratt. Under Louisa May Alcott's will, he became the Trustee of her literary estate after her death in 1888.


Arranged alphabetically by author. Please note that item 4 was omitted from this finding aid.

Scope and Contents

Papers include: letters from publishers, law firms, and investment agencies regarding the finances and property of the Louisa May Alcott literary estate; receipts and invoices regarding investments and mortgages held under the estate; personal letters written to FAP regarding the Alcott family; and lists written by FAP. Includes one letter regarding the estate of Amos Bronson Alcott.
Also included are letters to Thomas Niles and John Sewall Pratt Alcott from various agencies. Some of the letters regard legal action taken by FAP against the investment broker William U. Swan, who in 1890 defaulted on his payments to FAP. Most of the letters have been annotated by FAP.

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