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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1406

Rufus W. Griswold papers

Correspondence of American editor and literary critic Rufus W. Griswold.


  • 1835-1856

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 professional correspondence concerning printing and publishing of literary works, some in magazines. Included are letters to George Rex Graham, founder and editor of Graham's Magazine, and letters to Griswold from some of his protégés. Also letters relating to a memorial meeting in honor of James Fenimore Cooper.

Biographical / Historical

Griswold, an advocate of "Americanism" in literature, worked to increase public respect for American authors. He was on the staff of various magazines including Graham's Magazine (assistant editor, 1842-1843, succeeding Edgar Allen Poe), edited anthologies of poetry, and was a controversial literary critic.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

50M-165. Deposited by Mrs. Arthur W. Fletcher; received: 1951.
Griswold, Rufus W. (Rufus Wilmot), 1815-1857. Rufus W. Griswold papers, 1835-1856: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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