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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1545

Richard Maurice Bucke letters to Edith Maclure Love


Letters from Canadian psychiatrist Richard Maurice Bucke to Edith Maclure Love, the director of Physical Training for Women at Indiana State Normal School.


  • 1889-1902

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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.5 linear feet (1 box)
Includes 24 letters from Bucke to Love concerning writings of Walt Whitman, religion, Bucke's writings and his vacation at Gloucester Pool in Muskoka. Also includes an unsigned autograph manuscript of Walt Whitman's Spain, an unsigned autograph manuscript of Whitman's It Is Probably a Spasm of Temper, two canceled checks from Whitman, photographs of Bucke, pamphlets, and a piece of homespun suiting purporting to be Whitman's.

Biographical / Historical

Bucke was a Canadian psychiatrist and psychologist, Walt Whitman's literary executor, and superintendent of the London Ontario Asylum for the Insane. Love was an American and the Director of Physical Training for Women at Indiana State Normal School.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

57M-258. Gift of Mrs Paul Holinger, 1500 No. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago 10, Illinois; received: 1958 February.
Bucke, Richard Maurice, 1837-1902. Richard Maurice Bucke letters to Edith Maclure Love, 1889-1902: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

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