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MS Am 778

Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882. Ralph Waldo Emerson letters to William Emerson, 1825-1868: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 778
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882.
Title: Ralph Waldo Emerson letters to William Emerson,
Date(s): 1825-1868.
Quantity: 1 collection (8 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Autograph letters and typescript transcripts of letters from American essayist and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, to his brother, William Emerson.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Series I: No accession number. Gift of Waldo E. Forbes; received: 1920 June.
Series II: No accession number. Gift of Edward Waldo Forbes; received: 1927 March 24.
Formerly this material was in call-numbers: bMS Am 778-778.5. It was combined during full cataloging in September 2013.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Ralph Waldo Emerson Letters to William Emerson, 1825-1868 (MS Am 778). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

Additional letters (1814-1841) from Ralph Waldo Emerson to his brother William Emerson can be found in the Emerson Family Correspondence, bMS Am 1280.226 (2012) - (2088).

Biographical / Historical

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) was an American philosopher, essayist, poet, lecturer, Transcendentalist, and prominent citizen of Concord, Massachusetts.
William Emerson (1801-1868) was Ralph's brother and was two years older. He became a lawyer and judge in New York City, married Susan Woodward Haven Emerson in 1833, and lived on Staten Island. William Emerson retired to Concord, Massachusetts, returning to New York City after his wife's death. He died September 13, 1868.

Arrangement

Organized into the following two series:

Scope and Contents

Autograph manuscript (signed) letters from Ralph Waldo Emerson to his brother William Emerson, 1825-1868, accompanied by typescript (carbon copy) transcripts of the letters for the years 1825-1848. Also includes a few letters from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Susan Haven Emerson, William Emerson's wife.

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