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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2019

J. T. Trowbridge papers,

Correspondence, photographs, and manuscripts of American writer John Townsend Trowbridge.


  • 1855-1939.

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1 collection (4.5 linear feet (9 boxes))

Correspondence of John Townsend Trowbridge, including letters from editors, literary friends, and readers; manuscripts of poems and prose fragments; a few compositions of others; 256 photographs of Trowbridge, the Trowbridge family, Trowbridge with Mark Twain, with John Burroughs, and other subjects; and printed ephemera. Includes 9 letters from Walt Whitman.

Biographical / Historical

Trowbridge was an American author of novels, poems, and magazine articles. He was perhaps best known for his stories for boys.


Arranged into the following series:
  1. I. Letters to John Townsend Trowbridge
  2. II. Letters from John Townsend Trowbridge
  3. III. Other letters
  4. IV. Compositions and other manuscripts
  5. V. Photographs and printed material
Please note that item number 137 was inadvertently omitted from this finding aid.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

83M-50. Gift of Beatrice vom Baur Edmands and Francis Trowbridge vom Baur; received: 1984.
Trowbridge, J. T. (John Townsend), 1827-1916. J. T. Trowbridge papers, 1855-1939: 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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