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MS Am 1817.2

Alcott family. Alcott family additional papers, 1820-1886: 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 1817.2
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Alcott family additional papers,
Date(s): 1820-1886.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, diaries, and compositions by Bronson Alcott, Louisa May Alcott, and other members of the Concord, Massachusetts based Alcott family.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*74M-6. Deposited by The Louisa May Alcott Memorial Association, Orchard House, Concord, Massachusetts 01742; received: 1974 July.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Alcott Family Additional Papers, 1820-1886 (MS Am 1817.2). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

The Alcott family was based in Concord, Mass. and included the writer Louisa May Alcott, and the New England transcendentalist Amos Bronson Alcott.


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Scope and Contents

Includes the correspondence of Abigail (May) Alcott, Amos Bronson Alcott, and Louisa May Alcott. Also includes diaries of Abigail (May) Alcott and Abigail May Alcott Nieriker, compositions and a drawing by Amos Bronson Alcott, and drawings by Frank Thayer Merrill possibly for a book by Louisa May Alcott. Compositions by Louisa May Alcott include The inheritance and The olive leaf, and there is a scrapbook compiled by her. Finally, there are accounts and receipts of Amos Bronson Alcott and a group of 33 engravings from Octavio Van Veen's Amoris divini emblemata pasted on sheets and annotated by Edward Waldo Emerson and Ralph Waldo Emerson, among other items.

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