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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1703

Story family papers


Correspondence of sculptor William Wetmore Story and his family.


  • Creation: 1843-1907

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)

The bulk of the collection is letters to William and Emelyn Story or to their son and his wife, Waldo and Maud Story, from their international set of friends in Rome. The letters mainly concern social engagements and introductions. Also includes two letters to Judge Story, a few letters between third parties, a manuscript poem by William Story, and autograph signatures.

Biographical / Historical

William Wetmore Story (1819-1895), an American sculptor, essayist, poet, and lawyer, was the son of Joseph Story (1779-1845), a Supreme Court Justice. William Story settled in Rome in 1847 with his wife Emelyn Eldredge (d. 1894) and their children.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

63M-20. Purchased from Brigadier W. F. K. Thompson; received: 1963.

Story family. Story family papers, 1843-1907: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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