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MS Am 1118.2

Dickinson, Emily, 1830-1886. Emily Dickinson letters to Josiah Gilbert Holland and Elizabeth Chapin Holland, ca. 1853-1886: Guide.

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Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Box 1 (Dickinson Room)
Location: Box 2 (Manuscript stacks)
Call No.: MS Am 1118.2
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Dickinson, Emily, 1830-1886.
Title: Emily Dickinson letters to Josiah Gilbert Holland and Elizabeth Chapin Holland,
Date(s): 1853-1886.
Quantity: 1 collection (2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters and poems by the American poet Emily Dickinson sent to her friends, Mr. and Mrs. Josiah Holland.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

49M-248, 54M-116. Gift of Mrs. Theodora V. W. Ward, 32 Healey Street, Cambridge 38, Mass.; received: 1950 June 8.

Processing Information:

The typed copies of letters in this collection, with the exception of nos. 30 and 62, were made by Mrs. Theodora Ward from the 1931 edition of Letters of Emily Dickinson, edited by Mabel Loomis Todd. The originals of these published letters seem to have been destroyed. The original of no. 30 belongs to Josiah Gilbert Holland, 3d.; the original of no. 62 belongs to Alison Howe Yaeger.
In November, 1954, Mrs. Walter Bingham found among the Dickinson papers four additional MSS. belonging to the Holland family. These she returned to Mrs Ward, who presented them to Harvard. They were accessioned under no. *54M-116, and then added to the series as nos. 96-99.

Conditions Governing Access:

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Conditions Governing Use:

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Existence and Location of Copies:

Readers are expected to use the facsimiles available.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Emily Dickinson Letters to Josiah Gilbert Holland and Elizabeth Chapin Holland, ca. 1853-1886 (MS Am 1118.2). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Dickinson was an American poet. Josiah Gilbert Holland, assistant of Samuel Bowles of the Springfield Republican, and his wife Elizabeth were family friends.


References included in the notes include:


Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

Typescript copies of letters, frequently accompanied by her poems, to Dr. and Mrs. Josiah Holland.

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