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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2114

Louisa May Alcott additional papers


Family correspondence and compositions of American writer Louisa May Alcott.


  • 1839-1888

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Collection of papers dealing with Louisa May Alcott's writing and details of her daily life. Letters from Bronson Alcott during her childhood contain some moral precepts and details of family life. Letters from Louisa's adulthood include a letter written to her mother, Abigail, describing her works in progress and rate of pay, and a letter from Anna Alcott Pratt (Louisa's sister) to Mary Walpole describing Louisa's involvement in daily chores. Louisa's last diary chiefly records the details of her daily life and the illness leading to her death. Among other items are a manuscript fragment from the novel Jo's Boys and a poem written for her nephew Freddie.

Biographical / Historical

Alcott was an American novelist and short story writer.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*81M-19. Deposited by the Louisa May Alcott Memorial Association Orchard House, PO Box 343 Concord, Massachusetts 01742; received: 1981 December 15.

Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888. Louisa May Alcott additional papers, 1839-1888: Guide.
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