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MS Am 1162-1162.9

Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911. Thomas Wentworth Higginson papers, 1856-1911: Guide.

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Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: f, b
Call No.: MS Am 1162-1162.9
Repository: Houghton Library
Title: Thomas Wentworth Higginson papers
Date(s): 1856-1911
Quantity: 2 linear feet (10 volumes and 3 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Diaries, notebooks, journals, and autograph compositions of the American writer and abolitionist Thomas Wentworth Higginson.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Acquired from various sources at various times. See items for full acquisition information.

Conditions Governing Access:

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Thomas Wentworth Higginson Papers, 1856-1911 (MS Am 1162-1162.9). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Higginson was an American writer, Unitarian minister, and leader in the abolitionist movement. He was a colonel of the First South Carolina Volunteers (the first African-American regiment in the Civil War), an advocate of women's suffrage, and a close friend of the poet Emily Dickinson. A lifelong radical, in his old age Higginson joined with Jack London and Upton Sinclair to found the Intercollegiate Socialist Society.


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Scope and Contents

Includes 47 autograph diaries, a memoranda book from Higginson's trip to Kansas in 1856, field book of observations on nature, and other autograph compositions. Also includes transcripts of 33 African-American "Negro songs" (in another hand, with annotations by Higginson), and early recollections of James Russell Lowell, among others.

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