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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1990

Josephine Preston Peabody papers


Correspondence, compositions, drawings, and other papers of the American writer Josephine Preston Peabody.


  • 1896-1924

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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1 linear feet (2 boxes)

Correspondence consists primarily of 82 letters, 1899-1908, of friendship and love from Kahlil Gibran to Peabody; also drafts of two letters she wrote to him, and a long autobiographical letter she wrote to Frederic Fairchild Sherman in 1898. Compositions consist of poems and plays by Peabody including drafts of her comedy, The chameleon; two pencil drawing portraits she did; her notes on her talks with Gibran; two pencil drawing portraits he did of her; and a poem by Gibran. Also the privately printed sheet music of five songs

Biographical / Historical

Peabody was an American poet and dramatist.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Letters
  2. II. Compositions
  3. III. Printed matter

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*77M-79. Manuscripts acquired from an unknown source.

Peabody, Josephine Preston, 1874-1922. Josephine Preston Peabody papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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