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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1124.2

George William Curtis letters to John Sullivan Dwight


Letters of American author George William Curtis to American Transcendentalist John Sullivan Dwight, many concerning Brook Farm.


  • 1843-1890

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.3 linear feet (1 box)

Includes fifty-six letters from Curtis to Dwight concerning a concert by the New York Philharmonic Society, the Norwegian violinist Ole Bull, Brook Farm and the Harbinger, the Emerson and Hawthorne families, individualism, Curtis's daily life and farming in Concord, Curtis's latest readings, Italian travels, engagement to Eliza Winthrop, a Boston Athenaeum exhibition, the beginning of Dwight's Journal of Music, and various musings by Curtis on music, art, nature, and the seasons. Also includes one letter to Dwight from Curtis's brother, James Burrill Curtis.

Biographical / Historical

Curtis was an American author, orator, editor, and reformer. Dwight was an American Transcendentalist and classical music critic.


Arranged chronologically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*42M-117F. Purchased from Harold T. Whiteand Mrs. Hugh D. Marshall; received: 1942.

Curtis, George William, 1824-1892. George William Curtis letters to John Sullivan Dwight: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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