Emily Dickinson letters to various correspondents
Letters from the poet Emily Dickinson to her sister-in-law Susan Huntington Dickinson and other correspondents.
Language of Materials
Collection materials are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
Access to the originals requires the permission of the curator.
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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.
- 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.
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.
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.
- Dickinson, Emily, 1830-1886. Emily Dickinson letters to various correspondents, 1842-1886: Guide.
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