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ITEM Identifier: Dickinson Room

Writing stand; square-top table or stand; tapered legs; single drawer with brass pull. Probably New England, unknown maker; circa 1830., 1830. Digital

Writing stand; square-top table or stand; tapered legs; single drawer with brass pull. Probably New England, unknown maker; circa 1830. Digital Object
Writing stand; square-top table or stand; tapered legs; single drawer with brass pull. Probably New England, unknown maker; circa 1830. Digital Object

Dates

  • 1830.

Conditions Governing Access

The Dickinson Room and many of these objects can be viewed by guided tour Fridays at 2:00 p.m.

Examination of objects in the Houghton Reading Room requires advance notice, and the permission of the curator.

Extent

20 linear feet (68 items)

Physical Facet

Cherry, pine (secondary wood), brass;

Dimensions

height 66.6 cm., width 44.4, depth 44.4 cm.

General note

Emily Dickinson used this simple stand as a writing table or desk in her bedchamber where she composed many of her poems and letters. Small tables of this sort may more commonly have been used as "work" or sewing tables in 19th-century homes.

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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