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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1817

Louisa May Alcott additional papers


Contains manuscripts of stories and correspondence of American author Louisa May Alcott.


  • 1845-1944

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

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1.5 linear feet (4 boxes)

Louisa May Alcott's papers consist of manuscripts of stories (many of which were later published in Lulu's Library or A Garland for Girls) plays, and poems; autobiographical notes and diary entries for 1852; a few notebooks including one of story ideas, "Hints for Tales"; as well as some correspondence with family, friends, and publishers. The papers of her sister, Abby May Alcott Nieriker, consist of diaries, the unpublished manuscript of An Artist's Holiday; 11 pen, ink, and watercolor drawings; a cashbook; and a few letters. There are also pen and ink drawings for Louisa's books including Little Men; and letters by Louisa's parents, Abigail May Alcott and Amos Bronson Alcott.

Biographical / Historical

Alcott was an American author.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Compositions
  2. II. Letters and other papers

Immediate Source of Acquisition

67M-42. Deposited by The Louisa May Alcott Memorial Association, Concord, Massachusetts; received: 1967 November 13.

By vote of the Association on November 13, 1967 these manuscripts were placed on permanent deposit in the Houghton Library. The Association reserves the right to withdraw manuscripts from time to time for display or other special purposes.

Separated Materials

Item (59) returned to Orchard House in 1983.

Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888. Louisa May Alcott additional papers, 1845-1944: Guide.
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