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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1124.3-1124.4

George William Curtis miscellaneous correspondence


Correspondence of American author, orator, editor, and reformer George William Curtis.


  • Creation: 1852-1892

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)

Includes letters from Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Jay, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The majority of the letters written by Curtis concerning daily life and social meetings. Topics also include domestic travel for both business and pleasure; as well as accounts of familial relations and their general health. The letters received by Curtis are generally thank-you notes for lectures and other personal appearances, and requests for appointments. This series also includes the petition from Madison University that conferred an honorary L.L.D. on Curtis. The collection also includes letters and dinner invitations from Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Longfellow.

Biographical / Historical

Curtis was an American author, orator, editor, and reformer.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. MS Am 1124.3: Letters from George William Curtis
  2. II. MS Am 1124.4: Letters to George William Curtis

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from various sources at various times.

Curtis, George William, 1824-1892. George William Curtis miscellaneous correspondence, 1852-1892: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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