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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1221

Caroline Sturgis Tappan papers


Correspondence, manuscripts, and other papers of the American writer Caroline Sturgis Tappan.


  • Creation: 1838-1921

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


2.5 linear feet (5 boxes)

Correspondence of Caroline Sturgis Tappan, chiefly with Ralph Waldo Emerson and Margaret Fuller, and poems by Tappan and others, including Emerson, Fuller, and Ellery Channing. There are approximately 125 letters from Emerson and over 50 from Margaret Fuller. Other papers include a small group of business documents and manuscript "books" done by children.

Biographical / Historical

Caroline Sturgis Tappan was a Transcendentalist poet and friend of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Margaret Fuller. Together with her sister Ellen Sturgis Hooper, she contributed verse to the Transcendentalist literary magazine, The Dial.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Correspondence and manuscripts
  2. II. Business papers
  3. III. Children's books
  4. IV. Miscellanea

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*42M-793. Deposited by Mrs. Rosamond Dixey Hepburn, 1942; received: 1948.

Tappan, Caroline Sturgis, 1819-1888. Caroline Sturgis Tappan papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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