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MS Am 1130.14-1130.16

Alcott family. Alcott family additional papers, 1707-1904: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1130.14-1130.16
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Alcott family.
Title: Alcott family additional papers,
Date(s): 1707-1904,
Date(s): (bulk) 1821-1888.
Quantity: 1 collection (4 linear feet (10 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Part of the family papers of the Alcott family of Concord (Mass.). This family included the writer Louisa May Alcott, and the New England transcendentalist Amos Bronson Alcott. Papers include diaries, compositions, correspondence, business papers, and clippings.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

59M-311;59M-312;59M-313. Manuscripts deposited by Mrs. F. Wolsey Pratt, Indian Spring Road, Concord, Mass.; received: 1960. June. Part gift and also purchase with Amy Lowell fund: 1992 June.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Alcott Family Additional Papers, 1707-1904 (MS Am 1130.14-1130.16). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

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Biographical / Historical

Part of the family papers of the Alcott family of Concord (Mass.). This family included the writer Louisa May Alcott, and the New England transcendentalist, Amos Bronson Alcott. Also includes the May family.


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Scope and Contents

Alcott family papers (not ABA=Amos Bronson Alcott and LMA=Louisa May Alcott) include diaries of Abigail May Alcott and Anna Bronson Alcott Pratt; compositions by many members of the Alcott family, and early documents (beginning in 1707) of the Alcock-Alcox-Alcott and related families, especially the May family.
Alcott family correspondence with others includes letters from various Alcott family members to and from friends and family, including letters from: Anna Bronson Alcott Pratt, Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Annie Adams Fields, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Henry David Thoreau, and many others. Many letters are to Amos Bronson Alcott.
Alcott family business papers and clippings includes newspaper clippings concerning LMA, ABA, and the Concord School of Philosophy; and correspondence concerning: the purchase of the Thoreau House, the sale of Orchard House, financial arrangements for Louisa May Nieriker Rasim, and business matters of Louisa May Alcott.

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