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MS Am 1118.96

Bianchi, Martha Dickinson, 1866-1943. Martha Dickinson Bianchi papers, 1847-1944: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1118.96
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Bianchi, Martha Dickinson, 1866-1943.
Title: Martha Dickinson Bianchi papers,
Date(s): 1847-1944,
Date(s): (bulk) 1923-1937.
Quantity: 1 collection (2.75 linear feet (3 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Publication materials and personal papers of Martha Dickinson Bianchi, niece of American poet, Emily Dickinson, and editor of her work.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

98M-69. Bulk of collection purchased from Alfred Leete Hampson with funds given by Gilbert H. Montague, class of 1901, in happy memory of Amy Angell Collier Montague. Received: 1950 May.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Jennifer Lyons with the assistance of Alexis Dinniman and Colin Smith.

Conditions Governing Use:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Martha Dickinson Bianchi Papers, 1847-1944 (MS Am 1118.96). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Martha Dickinson Bianchi (1866-1943) was the niece of Emily Dickinson (1830-1886),and daughter of William Austin Dickinson (1829-1895) and Susan Huntington Dickinson (1830-1913). As the sole surviving member of the Dickinson family, she edited several collections of Emily Dickinson's work, and wrote two Dickinson biographies. A poet in her own right, Bianchi published several volumes of her own work as well.


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Arranged into the following series:

Scope and Contents

The bulk of this collection is material created by or collected by Martha Dickinson Bianchi in service of the various Emily Dickinson books that she wrote and edited. Compositions and correspondence are the predominant material types. Much of Bianchi's editing work was done in collaboration with Alfred Leete Hampson, her coeditor and heir, and several pieces of material written and revised by Hampson are included in the collection. The majority of the Emily Dickinson material consists of transcriptions and facsimiles. Some miscellaneous personal material of Bianchi's not connected to her publishing work is also included.
Series I. Subseries A. Compositions by Martha Dickinson Bianchi.Primarily draft and proof materials relating to Martha Dickinson Bianchi's two Dickinson biographies: Emily Dickinson face to face : unpublished letters, with notes and reminiscences andThe life and letters of Emily Dickinson. Also includes related material filed with the manuscripts. Additionally includes a notebook of poetry written by Martha Dickinson Bianchi.
Series I. Subseries B. Compositions concerning Emily Dickinson's collected works Primarily drafts of various Emily Dickinson poetry collections edited by Martha Dickinson Bianchi. Also includes material related to the publication of Emily Dickinson collections, and Emily Dickinson material collected by Martha Dickinson Bianchi for unspecified research purposes. In addition, Bianchi's notes on these works and unindentified manuscripts and notes are found at the end of this subseries. Of particular note in this series are the Susan Dickinson manuscript transcripts of Emily Dickinson poems [See item (54).]
Series 1. Series C. Compositions by others Includes essays, poetry,and other writings by admirers, authors, colleagues, and friends of Martha Dickinson Bianchi and her aunt, the American poet, Emily Dickinson. Most of these were sent to Bianchi. A few items include letters sent with compositions.
Series II. Subseries A. Correspondence of Martha Dickinson Bianchi. Correspondence between Martha Dickinson Bianchi and various people, primarily related to writing and publishing. Some correspondence related to Martha Dickinson Bianchi's genealogy is also included. Several letters include enclosed material.
Series II. Subseries B. Correspondence (transcriptions and photocopy) of Emily Dickinson. Duplicates of Emily Dickinson correspondence collected by Martha Dickinson Bianchi for research purposes. All are transcriptions, aside from one photocopy.
Series III. Collected Material. Primarily photographs, newspapers, clippings and miscellaneous epherma. Also contains clippings and a letter concerning lawsuit brought against Mabel Loomis Todd and David Peck Todd by Lavinia Norcross Dickinsonin 1898.


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