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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1633

Charles Follen Adams papers


Letters to and various manuscripts of dialect poet Charles Follen Adams.


  • 1857-1917

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1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)

Letters to Adams from various correspondents, chiefly concerning Adams's verse; manuscripts of poems and lectures; drawings by Morgan Sweeney (Boz) for books by Adams; contracts and correspondence with publishers; and three autograph albums.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Follen Adams was a dealer in dry and fancy goods in Boston, Mass., who achieved great popularity as the author of German dialect verse. His most famous piece was "Leedle Yawcob Strauss" (1876).


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Letters from various persons
  2. II. Manuscripts
  3. III. Drawings and autograph albums

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*60M-192. Presented in memory of Charles Follen Adams by his children Charles Mills Adams and Ella Adams Sawyer; The Warren, 149 Warren Street, Roxbury, Massachusetts; received: 1961.

Adams, Charles Follen, 1842-1918. Charles Follen Adams papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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