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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1118.4

Emily Dickinson letters to various correspondents

Overview

Letters from the poet Emily Dickinson to her sister-in-law Susan Huntington Dickinson and other correspondents.

Dates

  • 1842-1886

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the originals requires the permission of the curator.

Copyright:

For permission to quote from or reproduce from manuscript material of Dickinson, contact the Curator of Modern Books and Manuscripts, Houghton Library. For permission to quote from published editions of Dickinson's work that are still in copyright (such as the Johnson and Franklin editions of the poems) and for all commercial uses of Emily Dickinson texts, write to the Permissions Department, Harvard University Press, 79 Garden St., Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, 02138-1499 or use their online form (HUP does not accept permissions requests by email or fax): http://www.hup.harvard.edu/rights/permissions.html

Conditions Governing Use

Images linked to this finding aid are intended for public access and educational use. This material is owned and/or held by the Houghton Library, and is provided solely for the purpose of teaching or individual research. Any other use, including commercial reuse, mounting on other systems, or other forms of redistribution requires the permission of the curator.

Extent

.3 linear feet (1 case)

Letters are primarily to Susan Huntington Dickinson. Also includes letters to Martha Gilbert Smith, Sarah Maria Eaton (married to Jonathan Leavitt Jenkins), and Abiah Palmer Root Strong, among others, as well as Dickinson's last will and testament.

Biographical / Historical

Dickinson was a poet of Amherst, Mass.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Alfred Leete Hampson; received: 1950 May, with funds given by Gilbert H. Montague, class of 1901, in happy memory of Amy Angel Collier Montague.

Some of the letters (six) to Abiah Root Strong were "Sent by Miss Claribel Smith," according to an envelope housed with (L64).

Existence and Location of Copies

Readers are expected to use the facsimiles available.

Bibliography

References are to: JL = Johnson, Thomas, ed. The letters of Emily Dickinson. Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1958. J = Johnson, Thomas, ed.. The poems of Emily Dickinson : including variant readings critically compared with all known manuscripts. Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1955. Fr = Franklin, Ralph, ed. The poems of Emily Dickinson, variorum edition. Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1998.
  • JL = Johnson, Thomas, ed. The letters of Emily Dickinson. Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1958.
  • J = Johnson, Thomas, ed.. The poems of Emily Dickinson : including variant readings critically compared with all known manuscripts. Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1955.
  • Fr = Franklin, Ralph, ed. The poems of Emily Dickinson, variorum edition. Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1998.

Processing Information

Processed by: William H. McCarthy. Updated by Leslie A. Morris, 2005.

These numbers correspond to Johnson's "HCL L" numbers (e.g. MS Am 1118.4 (L1) is the same as HCL L1). It also includes, as (L55) - (L64) the letters to Abiah Root cited by Johnson as HCL ARS; and, (L65), a letter to Jane Humphrey cited as HCL JH1.

Processing Information

In 2020-2021, as part of a conscious and inclusive re-description effort, entries were updated to include a woman’s full name when identified.

Title
Dickinson, Emily, 1830-1886. Emily Dickinson letters to various correspondents, 1842-1886: Guide.
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Language of description
und
EAD ID
hou01525

Repository Details

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