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MS Am 800.23

Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888. Louisa May Alcott papers, 1849-1931: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 800.23
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888.
Title: Louisa May Alcott papers,
Date(s): 1849-1931.
Quantity: 1 collection (2.4 linear ft. (8 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Papers pertaining primarily to the works of American author Louisa May Alcott.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2001M-49. Purchased with the Sheldon Fund; received: 1939.

Recataloged in part by:

Megan K. Friedel, with the assistance of Bonnie B. Salt.
In March 2001 this collection was recataloged and old item nos. (249) - (250) were resorted, new descriptions written, and additional numbers assigned. At the same time, some correspondence found at the end of the collection was moved to the correspondence series at the start.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Louisa May Alcott Papers, 1849-1931 (MS Am 800.23). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Louisa May Alcott was an American author.


Organized into the following series: Please note that item number 264 was inadvertently omitted from this finding aid.

Scope and Contents

Collection pertains primarily to the works of Louisa May Alcott. Includes letters to her from publishers and fans; correspondence of her nephew, John Sewall Pratt Alcott, concerning royalty payments and dramatizations of her books after her death; and clippings about her life and writings. Also contains condolence letters on her death as well as the deaths of her parents; Abigail May Alcott's reports to women's societies on her visits to the poor of Boston; annotated proof sheets of "Letters from the House of Alcott" (1931); and publishers' accounts, bills, theater receipts, other miscellaneous receipts, miscellaneous photographs, pictures, a theatrical poster, and clippings on various Alcotts.

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