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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 233.50

Poems of the "Old South" in autograph manuscript


Autograph poems concerning the Old South Meeting House in Boston, Massachusetts, with portrait photographs of the authors.


  • Creation: 1877

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.2 linear feet (1 volume)

This volume contains the autograph manuscripts of some of the poems published in the 1877 and 1879 volumes. Poems concern the "Old South" and other topics. Some of the published titles vary from the manuscripts. Portrait photographs of the authors are also included.

Biographical / Historical

The Old South Meeting House, also known as the Old South Church (Boston, Mass.), was built in 1729 as a Puritan meeting house. It was an assembly spot for prominent meetings from colonial times through the American revolution. The building was restored after the revolution and remained an active church until 1872. It was saved from demolition in 1877 when it was established as a museum. A volume was published to help raise funds for the preservation entitled, Poems of the "Old South" (Boston: William F. Gill & Co., 1877). It was published again in 1879 by the Old South Fair Committee. Both published versions include a note on verso of the title page: "Published for the benefit of the Old South preservation fund."

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Anonymous gift, purchased at American Art Galleries, New York; received: 1923 May 12.

Recat. from AL 432.50.5F*.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Poems of the "Old South" in autograph manuscript: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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