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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1949

John Neal papers,

Correspondence, writings, and printed materials by American author and editor John Neal.


  • 1803-1880.

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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


1 collection (3 linear feet (6 boxes))

Letters to Neal from Park Benjamin, Sir John Bowring, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Pierpont, Ann S. Stephens, and others concern authors and writing, payment for Neal's work, health concerns, slavery in the south, interpretations of poetry, comments about Portland, Maine, and thank-you letters. In addition, correspondence from the Sun Times in New York, the Boston Literary Gazette, and other publications write to Neal soliciting submissions. Also included in the collection are two dime novels written by Neal: Little Moccasin and the White-Faced Pacer, and several bound scrapbooks containing clippings of his work.

Biographical / Historical

John Neal was an American author and editor.


Arranged into the following series:
  1. I. Letters to John Neal
  2. II. Other letters
  3. III. Compositions
  4. IV. Printed matter

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

55M-300. Deposited by Mrs. Sherwood Picking; received: 1932; Gift of Henry F. Picking, Brunswick, Maine, Frances P. Helyar, Falmouth, Massachusetts, and Elizabeth S. Hamill, Falmouth, Maine; 2005 October 18.
Neal, John, 1793-1876. John Neal papers, 1803-1880: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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