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MS Am 278.5-278.5.25

Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862. Henry David Thoreau manuscripts, 1837-1970: 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 278.5-278.5.25
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862.
Title: Henry David Thoreau manuscripts
Date(s): 1837-1970
Quantity: 1.25 linear feet (1 box, 6 volumes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Manuscripts of American essayist, poet and transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Materials received at various times from various sources. See items for full acquistion information.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Henry David Thoreau Manuscripts, 1837-1970 (MS Am 278.5-278.5.25). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Henry David Thoreau was an American essayist, poet, naturalist, and philosopher of the New England Transcendentalist movement. He was graduate of Harvard College with the Class of 1837.


For additional information and accurate texts of Thoreau's complete works, see The writings of Henry D. Thoreau.


Organized in call number order.

Scope and Contents

Includes drafts, fragments, and some complete autograph manuscripts for poems, essays, journals, a lecture, and notes. Includes Thoreau's first published piece, Obituary for Miss Anna Jones, fragments of Walden and Civil disobedience, two essays he wrote while a student at Harvard College, his translation of Prometheus Bound, and a 1970 transcription of his fragmentary journals of the 1840s among others. Also includes a journal fragment by his sister, Sophia E. Thoreau.

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