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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1234.3

Oliver Wendell Holmes letters to Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Correspondence of essayist and poet Oliver Wendell Holmes.


  • 1824-1894

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.1 linear feet (1 volume)

This collection consists of letters from Oliver Wendell Holmes to fellow writer Thomas Bailey Aldrich. Holmes writes mostly to his friend thanking him for various poems and books, and commenting on Aldrich's writing. The letters also discuss women poets, Aldrich's poem "Bad Boy", the Atlantic monthly, Holmes' membership in the American Academy, dinner invitations, and poetic passages.

Biographical / Historical

Holmes was an essayist, poet, and teacher of anatomy.


Arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

*42M-870. Gift of Edward Jackson Holmes; received: 1941.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894. Oliver Wendell Holmes letters to Thomas Bailey Aldrich: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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