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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1280.220

Ralph Waldo Emerson additional papers


Correspondence and compositions of American writer Ralph Waldo Emerson, with family papers.


  • Creation: 1835-1891

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Restricted: fragile; consult curatorial staff (box 8, 9, 10 glass negatives; box 11 daguerreotypes)

A portion of this collection is shelved offsite (Boxes 6 and 7). Retrieval requires advance notice. Check with Houghton Public Services staff.


3 linear feet (11 boxes and 3 volumes)

Correspondence, compositions, and photographs of RWE and of his family, friends, and colleagues including Charles Chauncy Emerson, Ellen Tucker Emerson, and Mary Moody Emerson among others.

Biographical / Historical

Emerson was an American essayist, poet, and philosopher.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Letters of RWE
  2. II. Letters to RWE
  3. III. Other letters
  4. IV. Manuscripts of RWE
  5. V. Addition to collection: accession 2019M-93

Immediate Source of Acquisition

*68M-111. Deposited by the Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial Association, c/o Mr. David Emerson of the J. M. Forbes & Co., 53 State Street Boston, Massachusetts; received: 1969.

Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882. Ralph Waldo Emerson additional papers, ca. 1835-1891: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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