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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1817.2

Alcott family additional papers

Correspondence, diaries, and compositions by Bronson Alcott, Louisa May Alcott, and other members of the Concord, Massachusetts based Alcott family.


  • 1820-1886

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)

Includes the correspondence of Abigail (May) Alcott, Amos Bronson Alcott, and Louisa May Alcott. Also includes diaries of Abigail (May) Alcott and Abigail May Alcott Nieriker, compositions and a drawing by Amos Bronson Alcott, and drawings by Frank Thayer Merrill possibly for a book by Louisa May Alcott. Compositions by Louisa May Alcott include The inheritance and The olive leaf, and there is a scrapbook compiled by her. Finally, there are accounts and receipts of Amos Bronson Alcott and a group of 33 engravings from Octavio Van Veen's Amoris divini emblemata pasted on sheets and annotated by Edward Waldo Emerson and Ralph Waldo Emerson, among other items.

Biographical / Historical

The Alcott family was based in Concord, Mass. and included the writer Louisa May Alcott, and the New England transcendentalist Amos Bronson Alcott.


Organized into the following series:
  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Compositions
  3. III. Other papers

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*74M-6. Deposited by The Louisa May Alcott Memorial Association, Orchard House, Concord, Massachusetts 01742; received: 1974 July.
Alcott family. Alcott family additional papers, 1820-1886: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

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