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HEW 16.3.16

Adams, Abigail, 1808-1899, collector. Abigail Adams collection of Victorian autographs, 1837-1864: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Widener Memorial Room
Call No.: HEW 16.3.16
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Adams, Abigail, 1808-1899, collector.
Title: Abigail Adams collection of Victorian autographs,
Date(s): 1837-1864.
Quantity: 1 collection (.05 linear feet (1 volume)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Autographs of British nobility and ecclesiastical, literary, scientific and artistic figures, assembled by Abigail Adams in 1864 for sale at the New York Metropolitan Fair.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Bookplate of A. Hamilton Rice and Eleanor Elkins (Widener) Rice. From the Harry Elkins Widener Collection.

Processing Information:

The items are foldered, the folder edges gilt, within a false book covered in full red leather.

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research use.
These volumes are shelved in Widener Library in the Harry Elkins Widener Room. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Abigail Adams Collection of Victorian Autographs, 1837-1864 (HEW 16.3.16). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by author.

Scope and Contents

The 128 autographs were assembled by Abigail Adams in 1864 for sale at the New York Metropolitan Fair in that year. Some of the autographs are marked "written for this collection." The autographs are of British (and a few French) nobility, and ecclesiastical, literary, scientific and artistic figures. The earliest dated item is 1837.

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