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MS Am 1844

Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892. Pickard-Whittier papers, 1815-1915: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1844
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892.
Title: Pickard-Whittier papers,
Date(s): 1815-1915.
Quantity: 1 collection (5.7 linear feet (17 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence and manuscripts of American writer and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier and his American biographer Samuel Thomas Pickard.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Gift of Greenleaf Whittier Packard; received: 1935.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Pickard-Whittier Papers, 1815-1915 (MS Am 1844). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892) was an American poet and abolitionist. Samuel Thomas Pickard (1828-1915) was an editor of the Portland (Me.) Transcript. He was married to a niece of Whittier's and became Whittier literary executor and biographer.


Organized into the following series:

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection includes letters addressed to John Greenleaf Whittier and to Samuel Thomas Pickard, and correspondence grouped under "Other letters" carried on between relatives and friends of Whittier's and Pickard's. Correspondents include: Mary Abigail Dodge, Annie Fields, Sarah Orne Jewett, Thomas Star King, Mary Todd Lincoln, Bliss Perry, Benjamin Perley Poore, Charles Sumner, Celia Thaxter, and J. T. (John Townsend) Trowbridge. There are significant collections of letters from Lucy Larcom and to Elizabeth (Hussey) Whittier, the poet's sister. The rest of the material includes typescript and manuscript copies by Samuel Thomas Pickard of Whittier's letters and poems. Pickard had sold many of Whittier's autograph letters and manuscripts in order to raise funds to preserve the poet's home in Amesbury. Finally there is a small collection of autograph manuscripts by Lucy Larcom and others which includes poems dedicated to Whittier and essays in the form of letters. The miscellaneous material contains notes and drafts by Pickard in relation to his biography of Whittier and printed ephemera.

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