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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1246

James Russell Lowell and Sydney Howard Gay papers


Papers of Sydney Howard Gay and James Russell Lowell, editors of the National Anti-Slavery Standard.


  • Creation: 1846-1871

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.


1 linear feet (2 boxes)

Collection consists of Lowell's letters to Sydney Gay during their association on the National Anti-Slavery Standard and after; most of Lowell's contributions in prose and verse; and a few letters by Lowell or his wife Maria (White) Lowell to Gay's wife Elizabeth (Neall) Gay. Maria Lowell's letters discuss the care of her children and her fears for their survival.

Biographical / Historical

Sydney Howard Gay was the editor of the weekly National Anti-Slavery Standard. Lowell became a contributing editor in 1846.


  1. I. Letters
  2. II. Literary contributions, mainly in verse
  3. III. Essays for the Anti-Slavery Standard

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

51M-156. Deposited by Elizabeth Willcox Kidwell, Henry Willcox, Carroll Dwight, and Mrs. Sydney Willcox; received: 1951-1952.

Lowell, James Russell, 1819-1891. James Russell Lowell and Sydney Howard Gay papers, 1846-1871: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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