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MS Am 1086

Fuller, Margaret, 1810-1850. Margaret Fuller family papers, 1662-1970: Guide and index.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: f, b, gen
Call No.: MS Am 1086
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Margaret Fuller family papers
Date(s): 1662-1970
Date(s): 1760-1864
Quantity: 7 linear feet (23 volumes, 14 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English, French, Italian, Latin, and German.
Abstract: Correspondence and compositions of the American social reformer Margaret Fuller and her family.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Recataloged from MS Am 9025.
No accession number. Bequest of Miss Edith D. Fuller, Cambridge, Massachusetts; received: 1926 November 8.

Processing Information:

Reprocessed by: Ashley M. Nary and Bonnie B. Salt with the assistance of Judith Mattson Bean.
The boxed portion of the collection [loose material] was not fully processed until August of 2013. A box list to the former 4 black boxes of these papers was created by a reader. The now annotated box list is available in the curatorial file for this collection. See Public Services staff to retrieve this file.
Bound volumes 1-22 were not fully processed until 2016.
An alphabetic index to each bound volume is found within that volume and also in a compilation for all the volumes (but omitting volumes 3-4) found in the curatorial file.

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Conditions Governing Use:

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Margaret Fuller Family Papers, 1662-1970 (MS Am 1086). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Sarah Margaret Fuller Ossoli, known as Margaret Fuller, (1810-1850) was an American author, editor, critic, and social reformer, who was interested in Transcendentalism, feminism, and the revolution in Rome.
Some pertinent Fuller family names are:


Arranged into the following series:

Scope and Contents

The Fuller family papers contains correspondence, journals, and writings of Margaret Fuller, including letters she wrote as a child to her father; correspondence with her husband Giovanni Angelo Ossoli; letters to other relatives and friends; notebooks on her reading, literary studies, and the first issue of the Dial; clippings of her articles for the New York Tribune; "Italian letters"; her Roman diary, 1849, that was washed ashore after the shipwreck of the Elizabeth; and a daguerreotype of a painting of Fuller. Much of the material is handwritten transcriptions of the originals. The Ossoli-Fuller letters have been translated into English. Also contains much original correspondence between her parents Timothy Fuller, a lawyer and politician, and Margaret Crane Fuller; their correspondence with their children; and the correspondence of the younger Margaret Fuller's brothers, especially Arthur Fuller, a minister.
Timothy Fuller's papers, found primarily in series I, include diaries, journals, orations, college themes, an expense book he kept while a student at Harvard, 1797-1801, and his correspondence with family, friends, and associates. Arthur Fuller's papers consist mainly of letters written to his wife and brothers when he was an army chaplain during the Civil War.
Collection also contains poems and notebooks of Richard Fuller, a younger brother; a few portraits of Margaret Fuller and biographical essays about her; clippings on the shipwreck in which she, her husband, and son died; correspondence and printed material concerning memorials to Margaret Fuller; and early family correspondence and documents.
Bound volumes include items (1)-(22). Boxed materials include items (23)-(138).

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