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MS Am 2911

Emerson family. Emerson family photographs and miniatures, circa 1850-1880 (MS Am 2911): Guide

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 2911
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Emerson family photographs and miniatures
Date(s): circa 1850-1880
Quantity: .3 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Material is in English.
Abstract: Contains daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, glass plate negatives, and miniatures of members of the Emerson family.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2012M-138. Gift of Beatrice Manz; received 2013 March 26.

Custodial History:

The collection was donated by Beatrice Manz in 2013.

Processing Information:

Processed by Susan Wyssen, 2017.

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

Emerson Family Photographs and Miniatures, circa 1850-1880 (MS Am 2911). Houghton Library, Harvard Univeristy

Biographical / Historical

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) was an American essayist and poet. He married Lidian Jackson Emerson in 1835. The couple had 4 children Waldo Emerson, Ellen Emerson, Edward Waldo Emerson, and Edith Emerson Forbes. The Emerson family was prominent in the literary and social life of New England during the 19th century.


Collecetion arranged by material type.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, miniatures, and glass plate negatives featuring Ralph Waldo Emerson, his wife, children, and grandchildren. The bulk of the daguerreotypes and glass plate negatives are of Lidian Jackson Emerson. The children, Edward Waldo Emerson, Ellen Tucker Emerson, and Edith Emerson Forbes, are represented in ambrotypes and daguerreotypes. Also includes miniatures of Lidian Jackson Emerson and Ellen Tucker Emerson in poses based on daguerreotype portraits found in the collection.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Daguerreotypes (photographs)
Miniatures (paintings)
Ambrotypes (photographs)
Glass plate negatives