Amos Bronson Alcott papers
Papers of New England transcendentalist Amos Bronson Alcott, including letterbooks, manuscript compositions, journals, diaries, and other materials.
Language of Materials
Collection materials are in English.
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Extent20.5 linear feet (6 boxes and 75 volumes)
Papers include autograph manuscripts of ABA (and others), clippings, diaries, drawings, ephemera, Alcott family genealogical materials, letterbooks, maps, notes, photographs, printed materials, and scrapbooks. All series have multiple types of materials including: records of the Town and Country Club; a few Ralph Waldo Emerson manuscripts; autobiographical writings by ABA; Alcott family correspondence (both within and outside the family); correspondence of friends and family to and from ABA; ABA and family members' diaries; and materials relating to life in Concord (Mass.).
Also includes materials concerning the Temple School (Boston, Mass.), Concord School of Philosophy, and the utopian community Fruitlands.
Biographical / Historical
Alcott was an American philosopher of the New England Transcendentalist group, teacher, reformer, and father of the writer Louisa May Alcott.
Arranged into the following four series:
- I. Letterbooks of ABA (MS Am 1130.9) 41 v.; 59M-305
- II. Works of ABA (bMS Am 1130.10) 5 boxes and 26 v.; 59M-306
- III. Autobiographical collections of ABA (MS Am 1130.11) 10 v.; 59M-307
- IV. Journals and diaries of ABA (MS Am 1130.12) 62 v.; 59M-308
Immediate Source of Acquisition
59M-305, 59M-306, 59M-307, 59M-308. Deposited by Mrs. F. Wolsey Pratt, Indian Spring Road, Concord, Mass.; recieved: June 1960; purchased, June 1992.
Enhanced with digital content by Alison Harris.
- Alcott, Amos Bronson, 1799-1888. Amos Bronson Alcott papers, 1799-1888: Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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