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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1701.2

May Tappan Wright letters to her family


Letters and a diary by the American novelist Mary Tappan Wright.


  • Creation: 1879

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Letters from Mary Tappan Wright to her husband John Henry Wright, and good friend Alicia Keyes. Letters to Alicia Keyes address social life in Massachusetts, issues with writing novels, an invitation to a lecture series, and a section of a poem by Mary Wright. Mary writes to her husband mostly about their children, and also of their move to Shelburne, New Hampshire.

Biographical / Historical

Wright was an American novelist and short story writer.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

65M-165. Gift of John K. Wright Lyme, New Hampshire; received: 1966 Mar.

Wright, Mary Tappan, 1851-1916. May Tappan Wright letters to her family, 1879: Guide.
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