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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1340

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow papers


Papers of American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.


  • Creation: 1819-1928

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There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


Harvard purchased all rights controlled by the Longfellow Trust, including copyrights, in 1976.

Conditions Governing Use

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15 linear feet (237 volumes and 2 boxes)

Includes journals, manuscripts of poems and prose works (many with notes and draft copies); lectures, personal account books and business papers, commonplace books, scrapbooks, and clippings. There are also notes and manuscripts on European languages and literatures; notes on Dante's Divine Comedy, together with a minute book, 1881- 1928, of the Dante Society, of which Longfellow was the first president; and records of classes taught at Harvard.

Biographical / Historical

Longfellow was an American poet.


Arranged by topic.

Other Finding Aids

A bound inventory is available on-site at Houghton Library in a curatorial file.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

*54M-8. Deposited by the Trustees of the Longfellow House Trust; received: 1954; purchased: 1976.

2014M-166. [Item (110), first page of Inferno Canto I] Purchased with funds from the Louis J. Appell Jr. Fund for Early American Literature and History and the Jacob Blanck Book Fund, 2015 May 27.

Processing Information

The S.V. numbers listed with the items appear to represent numbers assigned when the material was housed in the "Study Vault" at Craigie House. This arrangement was largely preserved in Houghton cataloging.

Processing Information

A small group of translations, manuscripts, letters, indexes, and sample bindings were identified in December 2022 during a collections management project, and were added at the end of the collection by Betts Coup, 2023.

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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