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MS Am 1118

Dickinson, Emily, 1830-1886. Emily Dickinson letters to Henry Vaughan Emmons, 1853-1854: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Shelved in Dickinson closet
Call No.: MS Am 1118
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Dickinson, Emily, 1830-1886.
Title: Emily Dickinson letters to Henry Vaughan Emmons,
Date(s): 1853-1854.
Quantity: 1 collection (.1 linear feet (1 volume)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters from the Massachusetts poet Emily Dickinson, to her friend, Henry Vaughan Emmons.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

42M-250. Purchased with the Morris Gray fund from Dr. Henry M. Emmons, 354 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, Massachusetts; received 1942 November 10.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Leslie A. Morris and Bonnie B. Salt

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Emily Dickinson Letters to Henry Vaughan Emmons, 1853-1854 (MS Am 1118). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Separated Materials

Papers previously with this grouping called "Miscellaneous papers having to do with Emily Dickinson's letters to Emmons" have been moved to the curatorial file.

Biographical / Historical

Dickinson was a poet of Amherst, Mass. Henry Vaughan Emmons (1832-1912) was a friend of her cousin, John Long Graves, while both were at Amherst College (Emmons, class of 1854). Emmons often visited the Dickinson home and became a friend of the family. He was an evangelist minister and occupied pulpits in various New England churches.


References included in the notes are to: JL = Johnson, Thomas, ed. The letters of Emily Dickinson. Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1958. This collection includes Johnson's "HCL E" letters.

Scope and Contents

Fourteen autograph letters from Emily Dickinson to her friend Henry Vaughan Emmons.

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