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MS Am 2161

Peabody, Josephine Preston, 1874-1922. Josephine Preston Peabody additional papers, ca. 1870-1922: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Am 2161
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Peabody, Josephine Preston, 1874-1922.
Title: Josephine Preston Peabody additional papers,
Date(s): 1870-1922.
Quantity: 1 collection (29 boxes (12 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Papers of American poet and feminist Josephine Preston Peabody.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

45M-641. Gift of Professor Lionel S. Marks, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; received: 1942 June-September.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Conditions Governing Use:

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Josephine Preston Peabody Additional Papers, ca. 1870-1922 (MS Am 2161). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Peabody was an American poet, dramatist, pacifist and feminist. She was a special student at Radcliffe College (1894-1896).


Arranged alphabetically by author. Please note that item number 1326 was inadverently omitted from this finding aid.

Scope and Contents

The majority of the collection is letters to Peabody from contemporary literary and theatrical figures chiefly discussing literature, the events of daily life, and often include autograph copies of poems. Correspondents include Lewis Edwards Gates, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, William Vaughn Moody, Ezra Pound, Edward Arlington Robinson, George Bernard Shaw, Horace Elisha Scudder, and Frederic Ridgely Torrence. There are letters to Peabody from art scholar Frederic Fairchild Sherman about photographs and Lillian Dreyfus ("Ariel") about philosophy. There are also letters from personal friends, frequently giving their opinions of Peabody's latest work, and discussing family and daily life. Also includes Peabody' poems, plays, notebooks, commonplace books, school work from her classes at Radcliffe, a speech on Julia Ward Howe, and genealogical information about the Peabody family.


This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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