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MS Am 1280.235

Emerson family. Emerson family papers: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

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Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Last update 2014 October 21

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
Location: b, pf
Call No.: MS Am 1280.235
Creator: Emerson family.
Title: Emerson family papers,
Date(s): 1699-1939.
Quantity: 171 boxes (56 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Compositions, correspondence, notes, photographs, daguerreotypes, and other materials by and about Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Emerson family. Also includes secondary materials by Emerson scholars.

Acquisition Information:

The Emerson Family Papers, including letters and compositions of other family members as well as original compositions by Ralph Waldo Emerson, were deposited and presented to this Library by the Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial Association and by some others, such as family descendants and modern scholars of Emerson, over the past forty-one years.
NOTE: In the paper version of this index, Series VII. Appendices: C. Accessions number of manuscripts in this collection contained additional information on accessions. In this electronic version of the index, this sub-series has been moved to this section.
*42M-367 to *42M-370: Volumes deposited for the R.W. Emerson Memorial Association by Mrs. Raymond Emerson received 17 Sep 1942.
*43M-270: Manuscripts deposited by the R.W. Emerson Memorial Association received 9 Nov 1943.
*47M-237 to *47M-238: Manuscripts deposited by the R.W. Emerson Memorial Association received 11 Mar 1948.
*47Z-11: Material presented by the R.W. Emerson Memorial Association received 1943.
*48M-75: Manuscript deposited by the R.W. Emerson Memorial Association received 15 Sep 1948.
*48M-78 to *48M-79: Manuscripts deposited by Trustees of Public Reservations (through Russell Kettell) received 24 Aug 1948. Originals returned to the Trustees of Reservations, June 14, 2010.
*48M-194: Manuscripts deposited by the R.W. Emerson Memorial Association (from the Edith Emerson Forbes estate) received 5 Apr 1949.
*48M-223: Manuscript deposited by the R.W. Emerson Memorial Association received 17 May 1949.
*49M-44 *49M-45: Manuscripts deposited by the R.W. Emerson Memorial Association subjecton Fogg Art Museum (obtained from Rev. L. T. Reed) of Amherst, Massachusetts) received 9 Sep 1949.
*49M-229: Photostatic copies of Manuscripts received gratis, made from the originals in the possession of Mrs. Pierre Jay received Apr 1950.
*49M-256 to *49M-260: Manuscripts deposited by The Concord Antiquarian Society (with right of borrowing for exhibition) received 16 Jun 1950.
*50M-393: Manuscript deposited by Raymond Emerson, Room 614, 199 Washington Street, Boston 8, Massachusetts and placed with the papers deposited by the R.W. Emerson Memorial Association received 12 Jun 1951
*51M-37: Manuscript deposited by the R.W. Emerson Memorial Association received 15 Oct 1951.
*51M-105: Manuscript presented by Vivian C. Hopkins, New York State College for Teachers, Albany, New York received 16 Sep 1951.
*51M-192F: Photostat received gratis received Mar 1952.
*51M-239F: Manuscripts deposited by the R.W. Emerson Memorial Association received Jun 1952.
*51M-271 to *51M-273: Manuscripts deposited by the R.W. Emerson Memorial Association received Spring 1952.
*51M-274: Manuscripts deposited by the R.W. Emerson Memorial Association received Spring 1952.
*52M-148: Manuscript deposited by the R.W. Emerson Memorial Association purchased from Mr. C.W. Kanaga,1217 Walnut Street, Kansas City, Mo. received 4 Feb 1953.
*54M-136 to *54M-139: Manuscripts deposited by the R.W. Emerson Memorial Association received Dec 1954.
*55M-246: Manuscripts deposited by Edward Waldo Forbes for the R.W. Emerson Memorial Association received Jun 1956.
*56M-204 to *56M-215: Manuscripts deposited by the R.W. Emerson Memorial Association received Jun 1957.
*59M-190 to *59M-200: Manuscripts deposited by the R.W. Emerson Memorial Association received Jan 1960.
*60M-111: Manuscripts from the estate of Senator George Grisbie Hoar presented by Mrs. Frances Foster, Worcester, Massachusetts courtesy of Dr. Clifford K. Shipton received Jan 1961.
*60M-217: Manuscript deposited by Edward W. Forbes Esq., Gerry's Landing, Cambridge, Mass. received Spring 1961.
*68M-113: Manuscript deposited by the R.W. Emerson Memorial Association c/o Mr. David Emerson, J. M. Forbes & Co., 53 State Street, Boston, Massachusetts received Apr 1969.
*68M-116: Manuscripts deposited by the R.W. Emerson Memorial Association c/o Mr. David Emerson, J. M. Forbes & Co. 53 State Street, Boston, Massachusetts received Apr 1969

Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

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Processing Information:

Throughout the years, these papers were consulted by many Emerson scholars, beginning with Cabot, Rusk, and Tolman, and the manuscripts have been extensively published or quoted from. Some of the papers were cataloged and inventoried. Before this index was completed, there existed four bound indexes, shelved in the Reading Room, to various groups of Emerson Papers.
The great bulk of papers remained uncataloged, although a system of classification had been devised. Numbers representing the name of the author, the type, and the date of the manuscript were assigned to most of the items in the collection (e.g. EM 349.P.1831.6.20 would be the classification number of an original poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson written on 20 June 1831). However there were no inventory, index, or catalog cards to the papers. The organization of the papers in the stacks was inadequate. They were grouped by type of manuscript (all poems together, all transcripts together, all miscellaneous items together), then filed first alphabetically by the initial letters of the author's name and then by numerical value of the rest of the classification number.
Work was undertaken in June 1981 to catalog and to make a single Index to all these hitherto "uncataloged" Emerson Family Papers. Any accessions number or old classification number formerly assigned to a manuscript in this Collection will follow its new description in this Index. The new call number of this Collection of Emerson Family Papers is bMS Am 1280.235. Each manuscript has been given an item number found in the left-hand margin opposite its new description. This item number should be used in any citations and, of course, when calling for the manuscript at the Reading Room desk.
To locate a particular manuscript readers should check the Table of Contents as well as the General Index of Names, at the end. Generally, original autograph manuscripts have been segregated from transcripts and photocopies, and manuscripts and letters generated during Ralph Waldo Emerson's lifetime (and earlier) have been separated from the papers of scholars and editors of Emerson, which are here called "Secondary material."
Susanne N. H. Currier, Cambridge, August 1983.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Emerson Family Papers (MS Am 1280.235). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Historical Note

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) was an American essayist and poet. The Emerson family was prominent in the literary and social life of New England during the 19th century.

Arrangement

Organized into the following series:

Scope and Content

Includes compositions and correspondence by RWE, Emerson family members, and others. Also includes photographs, daguerreotypes, notes by editors, biographers and other Emerson scholars.

Container List

VII. Appendices: A. Index of names

VII. Appendices: B. Index to compositions by Ralph Waldo Emerson

VII. Appendices: C. Accessions numbers of manuscripts in this collection.

Note to Readers: For the electronic version of this index, this sub-series has been moved to section: "Acquistion Information" above. The printed version retains it as this sub-series C.

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