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MS Am 1130.9-1130.12

Alcott, Amos Bronson, 1799-1888. Amos Bronson Alcott papers, 1799-1888: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1130.9-1130.12
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Alcott, Amos Bronson, 1799-1888.
Title: Amos Bronson Alcott papers,
Date(s): 1799-1888.
Quantity: 1 collection (20.5 linear feet (5 boxes and 130 volumes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Papers of New England transcendentalist Amos Bronson Alcott, including letterbooks, manuscript compositions, journals, diaries, and other materials.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

59M-305, 59M-306, 59M-307, 59M-308. Deposited by Mrs. F. Wolsey Pratt, Indian Spring Road, Concord, Mass.; recieved: June 1960; purchased, June 1992.

Processing Information:

Enhanced with digital content by Alison Harris.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Conditions Governing Use:

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Amost Bronson Alcott Papers, 1799-1888 (MS Am 1130.9-1130.12). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Alcott was an American philosopher of the New England Transcendentalist group, teacher, reformer, and father of the writer Louisa May Alcott.


Arranged into the following four series:

Scope and Contents

Papers include autograph manuscripts of ABA (and others), clippings, diaries, drawings, ephemera, Alcott family genealogical materials, letterbooks, maps, notes, photographs, printed materials, and scrapbooks. All series have multiple types of materials including: records of the Town and Country Club; a few Ralph Waldo Emerson manuscripts; autobiographical writings by ABA; Alcott family correspondence (both within and outside the family); correspondence of friends and family to and from ABA; ABA and family members' diaries; and materials relating to life in Concord (Mass.).
Also includes materials concerning the Temple School (Boston, Mass.), Concord School of Philosophy, and the utopian community Fruitlands.

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