Skip to main content
COLLECTION Identifier: AC85.Al191.Zz

Books from the library of Amos Bronson Alcott


Library of Amos Bronson Alcott, the American philosopher of the New England Transcendentalist group.


  • Creation: 1579-1893

Conditions Governing Access

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


550 linear feet (599 volumes)

Includes books and articles written by Alcott and his daughter Louisa May Alcott.

This list includes only those books that were acquired by the Library from the Pratt family in 1959; other books, from different sources, have been acquired. To find call numbers for the books in this list, as well as other books owned by Alcott, search HOLLIS, choosing "Other call number" and entering *AC85.Al191.Zz [Al (as in Alcott)] [last three digits of year of publication][first letter of author's name]. For example, to find Alcott's copy of Oliver Goldsmith's Vicar of Wakefield, published in 1777, the call number would be: *AC85.Al191.Zz777g. You can also search HOLLIS by author and/or title.

Biographical / Historical

Alcott was an American philosopher of the New England Transcendentalist group, teacher, reformer, and father of the writer Louisa May Alcott.


Arranged chiefly alphabetically by author.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

59A-1-576. Deposited by Mrs. Frederic Wolsey Pratt, Lowell Road, Concord, Massachusetts; received: 1959 December, given 1969.

General note

  1. ABA indicates that a volume bears the signature of Amos Bronson Alcott. This signature usually appears at the top of the title-page in ink as "A. Bronson Alcott."
  2. B.A.L. refers to Jacob Blanck, Bibliography of American literature.
  3. FL indicates that a volume bears the inscription "Fruitlands Library," usually followed by the date "1843." This inscription usually appears inside the front cover in the hand of Frederic Wolsey Pratt.
  4. "Wing" refers to Donald Wing, Short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and British America...
Alcott, Amos Bronson, 1799-1888, collector. Books from the library of Amos Bronson Alcott, 1579-1893: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, archives, and more. Houghton Library's collections represent the scope of human experience from ancient Egypt to twenty-first century Cambridge. With strengths primarily in North American and European history, literature, and culture, collections range in media from printed books and handwritten manuscripts to maps, drawings and paintings, prints, posters, photographs, film and audio recordings, and digital media, as well as costumes, theater props, and a wide range of other objects. Houghton Library has historically focused on collecting the written record of European and Eurocentric North American culture, yet it holds a large and diverse number of primary sources valuable for research on the languages, culture and history of indigenous peoples of the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

Houghton Library’s Reading Room is free and open to all who wish to use the library’s collections.

Harvard Yard
Harvard University
Cambridge MA 02138 USA
(617) 495-2440