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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1130.13

Louisa May Alcott additional papers


Diaries, account books, financial records relating to publishing, and autograph compositions of the writer Louisa May Alcott.


  • 1849-1887

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1.5 linear feet (2 boxes, 17 volumes)

Collection includes diaries, account books, financial records relating to publishing, and autograph compositions of the Concord (Mass.) writer Louisa May Alcott. Compositions by LMA include: poems; short stories; a novel: Jo's boys; chapters from "unpublished romances"; and fragments of verse and prose.

Biographical / Historical

Louisa May Alcott was an female American author.

Physical Location

MS, b

Immediate Source of Acquisition

59M-309. Manuscripts presented by Mrs. F. Wolsey Pratt, Indian Spring Road, Concord, Mass.; received as deposit, 1960; purchased with the Amy Lowell fund, 1992 June.

Item (18) returned to family, 1991; item (25) returned to family (1991), then returned to Houghton in 1994: ON DEPOSIT.

Separated Materials

A modern Mephistopheles, or The fatal love chase was returned to the family and is no longer part of this collection.

Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888. Louisa May Alcott additional papers, 1849-1887: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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