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MS Am 1482

Audubon, John James, 1785-1851. John James Audubon papers, 1813-1880: 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 1482
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Audubon, John James, 1785-1851.
Title: John James Audubon papers,
Date(s): 1813-1880, (bulk) 1828-1855.
Quantity: 1 collection (1.25 linear feet (2 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence and manuscripts of American ornithologist and artist John James Audubon.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

42M-2089. Deposited by Museum of Comparative Zoology; received: 1941.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

John James Audubon Papers, 1813-1880 (MS Am 1482). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Audubon was an American artist and ornithologist.


Arranged into the following series:

Scope and Contents

Contains professional correspondence, mostly letters from Audubon to Robert Havell, Jr., the English engraver for The Birds of America; John Bachman, the naturalist with whom Audubon collaborated on Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America; and Thomas Mayo Brewer, the ornithologist and oðologist; also letters from Audubon's wife, Lucy, and son, Victor, to Havell and Bachman; letters from Brewer to Bachman; and some correspondence with other naturalists. Also includes a few manuscript drafts by Audubon for his Ornithological Biography and some financial papers.
The final series includes 2 typescript transcript volumes [item (378)] of the "Audubon-Bachman Correspondence, 1833-1855".

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