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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2010

Amy Hemenway collection of autographs


Autograph collection of American collector Amy Hemenway.


  • 1791-1873

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1 linear feet (3 boxes)

This autograph collection consists primarily of letters by American authors and politicians, but includes letters by scientists, philosophers, and historians, and by prominent Europeans, particularly British. A number of letters are to Nathaniel Hawthorne. Also contains a few manuscripts, photographs, signatures, a drawing, and three pieces of money.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Please note that item number 58 was inadvertently omitted from this finding aid.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*82M-65. Gift of Amy Hemenway's grandchildren, George M. Bartol, Janet Belash, Priscilla B. Grace, and Ann Bartol Sutcliffe; received: 1982.

Also purchased with the Amy Lowell fund from Phyllis N. Bartol, 1982.

Digitization Funding

Collections and items have been digitized with the generous support of The Polonsky Foundation.

Hemenway, Amy, collector. Amy Hemenway collection of autographs: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, archives, and more. Houghton Library's collections represent the scope of human experience from ancient Egypt to twenty-first century Cambridge. With strengths primarily in North American and European history, literature, and culture, collections range in media from printed books and handwritten manuscripts to maps, drawings and paintings, prints, posters, photographs, film and audio recordings, and digital media, as well as costumes, theater props, and a wide range of other objects. Houghton Library has historically focused on collecting the written record of European and Eurocentric North American culture, yet it holds a large and diverse number of primary sources valuable for research on the languages, culture and history of indigenous peoples of the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

Houghton Library’s Reading Room is free and open to all who wish to use the library’s collections.

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