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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.


  • 1835-1891

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Restricted: fragile; consult curatorial staff (box 7, glass negatives).
There are no restrictions on physical access to the bulk of this material.


2 linear feet (5 boxes)
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

Physical Location


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

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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