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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Lowell Autograph File

Amy Lowell autograph collection


Autograph letters and manuscripts of authors, artists, and others collected by the American poet Amy Lowell.


  • Creation: 1523-1930

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English, Danish, German, Italian, French, and Greek.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to most of this material.

The Emily Dickinson original manuscripts may not be used without the curator's permission (items (91), (92), (93), (94), (95)); readers should use digital surrogates or consult photocopy versions in item (95a).

The Charlotte Brontë manscript in item (42) is fragile and may not be used without the curator's permission; readers should consult enlarged photocopy version in item (42a).


4 linear feet (10 boxes)

An extensive collection of primarily autograph manuscript letters of authors, artists, and others, although the collection also includes some manuscript compositions. All were collected by Amy Lowell and many items include wrappers and notes annotated by Lowell. Collection includes autograph manuscript material by: Jane Austen, William Blake, Charlotte Brontë, Ludwig van Beethoven, Walter Crane, Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin, Emily Dickinson, George Eliot, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Louis XV, Benjamin Franklin, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Heinrich Heine, Victor Hugo, Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Johnson, Marie Antoinette, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Claude Monet, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Theodore Roosevelt, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, John Ruskin, George Sand, Clara Schumann, Percy Bysshe Shelley, William Makepeace Thackeray, J. M. W. Turner, Voltaire, Richard Wagner, James McNeil Whistler, Oscar Wilde, and many others.

Number (116) has been omitted from this series.

Biographical / Historical

Amy Lowell (1874-1925) was an American poet, critic, lecturer, and an avid book and manuscript collector.


Arranged alphabetically by author's name. See curatorial file for additional information.

Physical Location

Amy Lowell Room

Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Bequest of Amy Lowell; received: 1925.

Separated Materials

This material was formerly listed in this finding aid, but has been recataloged as:

  1. Original correspondence of John Keats and other Keats-related material is now MS Keats 1-6.
  2. Correspondence of Ridgeley Torrence, item (309), is now bMS Lowell 19 (1214a).
  3. Lowell 4210.5 is now MS Lowell 10
  4. Lowell 4211.22 is now MS Lowell 17

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt and others

Original finding aid is in curatorial file. A few items were not located at the time of the 2011 recataloging and have been so noted in the item entries below.

Lowell, Amy, 1874-1925, collector. Amy Lowell autograph collection, 1523-1930: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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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.

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