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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1162.10

Thomas Wentworth Higginson correspondence


Letters from various correspondents to author, reformer, and soldier Thomas Wentworth Higginson.


  • 1843-1911

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.


2 linear feet (4 boxes)
Letters from a wide array of correspondents concerning literary and political affairs Correspondents include George William Curtis, Edward Everett Hale, Henry Lee Higginson, Louise Chandler Moulton, Charles Eliot Norton, James Parton, Josephine Preston Peabody, Franklin Benjamin Sanborn, and Richard Grant White, among others. Some letters are to his second wife, Mary Thacher Higginson. Letters by Thomas Wentworth Higginson are mostly to Julia Ward Howe. Also includes a small amount of printed material.

All letters in this correspondence are addressed to Thomas Wentworth Higginson, except for the following:
  1. Alexander Bain: 593
  2. William Jennings Bryan: 409
  3. [ ] Chesson: 486
  4. Mrs. Elliott: 410
  5. Cornelius Conway Felton: 411
  6. Mary (Thacher) Higginson: 288, 405, 406, 412, 478, 542, 543, 563, 576, 718, 721, 722, 764 to 769, 774, 775, 993.
  7. S. Higginson & Co.: 68
  8. Stephen Higginson: 40, 361, 362.
  9. Stephen (Thacher) Higginson: 567
  10. Waldo Higginson: 459, 505, 788
  11. Ebenezer Rockwood Hoar: 444
  12. Julia (Ward) Howe: 413 to 436
  13. Samuel Gridley Howe: 437, 438.
  14. Robert Green Ingersoll: 439
  15. [ ] Mitchell: 795
  16. William T. Sedgwick: 564
  17. John Veitch: 597
  18. Sydney Williams: 592

Biographical / Historical

Higginson was an author, reformer, and soldier; colonel of the first African American regiment during the Civil War (1862-1864); an ardent abolitionist and advocate of women's suffrage.


Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

48M-271. Gift of Dr. J. Dellinger Barney; in memory of Mrs. T. W. Higginson and Mrs. Margaret Higginson Barney; received: 1941.

Processing Information

Finding aid updated in 2013 by Emilie Hardman.
Link to catalog
Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911. Thomas Wentworth Higginson correspondence, 1843-1911: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

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