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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2101

Thomas Wentworth Higginson additional papers

Compositions by author and Civil War colonel, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, along with correspondence.

Dates

  • 1779-1910

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Extent

1 linear feet (2 boxes)

These additional papers contain correspondence of Thomas Wentworth Higginson as well as of his father Stephen Higginson and other members of the Higginson family. There are compositions by Thomas Wentworth Higginson including articles about the South Carolina Loyal Regiment, poems, and a draft of Monarch of dreams. There is also a diary kept by Higginson during his army service and diaries kept by his mother describing daily life in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Finally, there are texts of "Negro spirituals" transcribed by Higginson, among other items. Most items in the collection were received with explanatory notes; some in the hand of Higginson and some in an unidentified hand.

Biographical / Historical

Higginson, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts to Stephen Higginson and Louisa (Storrow) Higginson, graduated from Harvard Divinity School in 1847 and became a pastor first in Newburyport and then in Worcester, Massachusetts. He was actively involved in the abolitionist movement and served as colonel of the first regiment of African Americans in the Civil War. After the war, Higginson published biographies, essays, poetry, and histories, including Army life in a black regiment.

Arrangement

Arranged into four series:
  1. I. Correspondence
  2. A. Thomas Wentworth Higginson correspondence.
  3. B. Higginson family correspondence.
  4. II. Compositions.
  5. III. Diaries.
  6. IV. Other papers.
  7. V. Papers found at a later date.

Physical Location

b

Immediate Source of Acquisition

94M-82. Gift of Mary Potter Thatcher Higginson and Margaret Higginson Barney; received: 1938 July 27.

No accession number. Found with: MS Storage 281. Collection materials assembled by Carolyn Jakeman.

Processing Information

Processed by: Jackie Dean.
Link to catalog
Title
Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911. Thomas Wentworth Higginson additional papers, 1779-1910: Guide.
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
EAD ID
hou00110

Repository Details

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