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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2161

Josephine Preston Peabody additional papers


Papers of American poet and feminist Josephine Preston Peabody.


  • 1870-1922


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.

This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Conditions Governing Use

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12 linear feet (3 boxes and 9 cartons)

The majority of the collection is letters to Peabody from contemporary literary and theatrical figures chiefly discussing literature, the events of daily life, and often include autograph copies of poems. Correspondents include Lewis Edwards Gates, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, William Vaughn Moody, Ezra Pound, Edward Arlington Robinson, George Bernard Shaw, Horace Elisha Scudder, and Frederic Ridgely Torrence. There are letters to Peabody from art scholar Frederic Fairchild Sherman about photographs and Lillian Dreyfus ("Ariel") about philosophy. There are also letters from personal friends, frequently giving their opinions of Peabody's latest work, and discussing family and daily life. Also includes Peabody' poems, plays, notebooks, commonplace books, school work from her classes at Radcliffe, a speech on Julia Ward Howe, and genealogical information about the Peabody family.

Biographical / Historical

Peabody was an American poet, dramatist, pacifist and feminist. She was a special student at Radcliffe College (1894-1896).


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Please note that item number 1326 was inadverently omitted from this finding aid.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

45M-641. Gift of Professor Lionel S. Marks, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; received: 1942 June-September.

General note

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

Processing Information

Boxes 1,2,3 were removed from Carton 1 and sent to HD separately. There is no Carton 1 anymore.

Peabody, Josephine Preston, 1874-1922. Josephine Preston Peabody additional papers, ca. 1870-1922: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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