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MS Am 1162.10

Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911. Thomas Wentworth Higginson correspondence, 1843-1911: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1162.10
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Thomas Wentworth Higginson correspondence
Date(s): 1843-1911
Quantity: 2 linear feet (4 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters from various correspondents to author, reformer, and soldier Thomas Wentworth Higginson.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

48M-271. Gift of Dr. J. Dellinger Barney; in memory of Mrs. T. W. Higginson and Mrs. Margaret Higginson Barney; received: 1941.

Processing Information:

Finding aid updated in 2013 by Emilie Hardman.

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Thomas Wentworth Higginson Correspondence, 1843-1911 (MS Am 1162.10). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Higginson was an author, reformer, and soldier; colonel of the first African American regiment during the Civil War (1862-1864); an ardent abolitionist and advocate of women's suffrage.


Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Scope and Contents

Letters from a wide array of correspondents concerning literary and political affairs Correspondents include George William Curtis, Edward Everett Hale, Henry Lee Higginson, Louise Chandler Moulton, Charles Eliot Norton, James Parton, Josephine Preston Peabody, Franklin Benjamin Sanborn, and Richard Grant White, among others. Some letters are to his second wife, Mary Thacher Higginson. Letters by Thomas Wentworth Higginson are mostly to Julia Ward Howe. Also includes a small amount of printed material.
All letters in this correspondence are addressed to Thomas Wentworth Higginson, except for the following:

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