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COLLECTION Identifier: HEW 16.3.16

Abigail Adams collection of Victorian autographs,

Autographs of British nobility and ecclesiastical, literary, scientific and artistic figures, assembled by Abigail Adams in 1864 for sale at the New York Metropolitan Fair.

Dates

  • 1837-1864.

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

These volumes are shelved in Widener Library in the Harry Elkins Widener Room. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine retrieval policies and times.

Extent

1 collection (.05 linear feet (1 volume))

The 128 autographs were assembled by Abigail Adams in 1864 for sale at the New York Metropolitan Fair in that year. Some of the autographs are marked "written for this collection." The autographs are of British (and a few French) nobility, and ecclesiastical, literary, scientific and artistic figures. The earliest dated item is 1837.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Location

Widener Memorial Room

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bookplate of A. Hamilton Rice and Eleanor Elkins (Widener) Rice. From the Harry Elkins Widener Collection.

Processing Information

The items are foldered, the folder edges gilt, within a false book covered in full red leather.
Link to catalog
Title
Adams, Abigail, 1808-1899, collector. Abigail Adams collection of Victorian autographs, 1837-1864: Guide.
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
EAD ID
hou01539

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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