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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1588

Washington Allston papers


Papers of American artist and author Washington Allston.


  • Creation: 1815-1842

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)

Contains correspondence between Allston and his friends, chiefly pertaining to his art and writings. Includes ten letters from the artist Charles Robert Leslie. Also two poems by Allston and a pew deed.

Biographical / Historical

Allston was an American artist and author.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

59M-121. Deposited by the Washington Allston Trust; received: 1960.

Allston, Washington, 1779-1843. Washington Allson papers, 1815-1842: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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