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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1130.17

Frederic Alcott Pratt papers on Louisa May Alcott's literary estate

Letters to Frederic Alcott Pratt concerning the literary estate of Concord (Mass.) writer Louisa May Alcott. Includes receipts and invoices.


  • 1877-1908

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Papers include: letters from publishers, law firms, and investment agencies regarding the finances and property of the Louisa May Alcott literary estate; receipts and invoices regarding investments and mortgages held under the estate; personal letters written to FAP regarding the Alcott family; and lists written by FAP. Includes one letter regarding the estate of Amos Bronson Alcott.

Also included are letters to Thomas Niles and John Sewall Pratt Alcott from various agencies. Some of the letters regard legal action taken by FAP against the investment broker William U. Swan, who in 1890 defaulted on his payments to FAP. Most of the letters have been annotated by FAP.

Biographical / Historical

Pratt was the nephew of the writer Louisa May Alcott and the son of her sister Anna Bronson Alcott Pratt. Under Louisa May Alcott's will, he became the Trustee of her literary estate after her death in 1888.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Please note that item 4 was omitted from this finding aid.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

59M-310 (150). Deposited by: Mrs. F. Wolsey Pratt, Indian Spring Road, Concord, Massachusetts; received: 1960 June; purchased: 1992.

Processing Information

Processed by: Megan K. Friedel
Link to catalog
Pratt, Frederic Alcott, 1862-1910. Frederic Alcott Pratt papers on Louisa May Alcott's literary estate, 1877-1908: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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