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MS Am 784

Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911. Thomas Wentworth Higginson letters and journals, 1824-1910: 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 784
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911.
Title: Thomas Wentworth Higginson letters and journals,
Date(s): 1824-1910.
Quantity: 1 collection (3 linear feet (6 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, journals, and other materials of author, reformer, and soldier Thomas Wentworth Higginson.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Gift of Mrs. T. W. Higginson; received: 1923.

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 Letters and Journals, 1824-1910 (MS Am 784). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

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


Organized into two series:


Arranged chronologically, with alphabetic index at end of finding aid.

Scope and Contents

Chiefly letters by Higginson, together with journals, clippings, a few letters to Higginson, and a few letters of other family members. Correspondence is chiefly to his mother, wife, and sisters, but also includes letters to the publisher James T. Fields. Journals include accounts of his student days at Harvard and his Civil War experiences. Letters to his mother in 1855-1856 describe a trip to the Azores. There are clippings concerning slave insurrections and clippings and letters relating to the anti-slavery movement. Also includes subject files, account books, and a few of his manuscript compositions of lectures and writings.
N.B. Numbers appearing within parentheses in the Index refer to items in the Container List.

Container List

Index to letters and journals