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MS Am 2114

Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888. Louisa May Alcott additional papers, 1839-1888: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 2114
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888.
Title: Louisa May Alcott additional papers,
Date(s): 1839-1888.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Family correspondence and compositions of American writer Louisa May Alcott.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*81M-19. Deposited by the Louisa May Alcott Memorial Association Orchard House, PO Box 343 Concord, Massachusetts 01742; received: 1981 December 15.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Louisa May Alcott Additional Papers (MS Am 2114). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Alcott was an American novelist and short story writer.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Scope and Contents

Collection of papers dealing with Louisa May Alcott's writing and details of her daily life. Letters from Bronson Alcott during her childhood contain some moral precepts and details of family life. Letters from Louisa's adulthood include a letter written to her mother, Abigail, describing her works in progress and rate of pay, and a letter from Anna Alcott Pratt (Louisa's sister) to Mary Walpole describing Louisa's involvement in daily chores. Louisa's last diary chiefly records the details of her daily life and the illness leading to her death. Among other items are a manuscript fragment from the novel Jo's Boys and a poem written for her nephew Freddie.

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