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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1429

Thomas Bailey Aldrich papers


Correspondence and other papers of the American writer Thomas Bailey Aldrich.


  • Creation: 1837-1926

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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7 linear feet (18 boxes)

Chiefly letters to Thomas Bailey Aldrich and letters to his wife, Lilian Woodman Aldrich. Includes editorial correspondence from Aldrich's years as editor of The Atlantic Monthly and letters from others concerning Aldrich's own writings. Family correspondence includes a long series of letters by Aldrich to Lilian Woodman before their marriage. Many of the letters, principally those to Mrs. Aldrich, are largely of a social nature. Also includes a small group of business papers, invitations, menus, and other ephemera.

Biographical / Historical

Aldrich was a poet, novelist and short story writer, and editor of Every Saturday (1865-1874) and The Atlantic Monthly (1881-1890).


Organized into the following three series:

  1. I. Correspondence of Thomas Bailey Aldrich and Lilian Woodman Aldrich
  2. II. Other correspondence and related materials
  3. III. Other papers
  4. ___A. Autographs
  5. ___B. Unidentified manuscripts
  6. ___C. Miscellanea
  7. ___ D. Personalia
  8. ___E. Watercolors, bookplates, etc.
  9. ___F. Invitations, menus, etc.
  10. ___G. Business papers

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*42M-1836. Deposited by Talbot Aldrich, 1942; gift 1949.

Processing Information

Enhanced with digital content by Alison Harris.

Aldrich, Thomas Bailey, 1836-1907. Thomas Bailey Aldrich papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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