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MS Am 1272.1

Thaxter, Celia, 1835-1894, compiler. Photographs of Celia Thaxter and Appledore Island (Me.): Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b [shelved with bMS Am 1272.2]
Call No.: MS Am 1272.1
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Thaxter, Celia, 1835-1894, compiler.
Title: Photographs of Celia Thaxter and Appledore Island (Me.),
Date(s): 1880-1890.
Quantity: 1 collection (.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Abstract: Photographs of Celia Thaxter and her home on Appledore Island in the Isles of Shoals, Maine.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*43M-88 and *43M-89. Gift of Mrs. Horatio Lamb; received: 1943 Sept. 14.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Melanie M. Wisner

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Photographs of Celia Thaxter and Appledore (sland (Me.) (MS Am 1272.1). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Celia Laighton Thaxter was an American poet and essayist who lived much of her life in the Isles of Shoals, at first on White Island and later in a large cottage her brothers built for their parents on the island of Appledore, in which she eventually died. The family ran a hotel, Appledore House, which, along with Celia's cottage, burned in 1914. The cottage was home to Celia's literary salon in summer months and where she established her renowned garden. For some years Celia lived apart from her husband, Levi Lincoln Thaxter, but cared for her oldest son, Karl, who had disabilities.


Arranged in the order as received in repository.

Scope and Contents

This collection of photographs portrays Thaxter's cottage, interior and exterior, the coastline, a group of friends visiting the hotel, and Thaxter herself with her grandson. The photographs were apparently a gift for Rose Lamb, friend and, eventually, co-editor of Thaxter's letters; the first photograph is inscribed to her. The fourteen photographs are mounted on board, with a few manuscript annotations by Thaxter. They were originally presented as a kind of album, arranged in a handsewn accordian-style cloth enclosure; the enclosure has been preserved as the last item in the collection.

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