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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1118

Emily Dickinson letters to Henry Vaughan Emmons


Letters from the Massachusetts poet Emily Dickinson, to her friend, Henry Vaughan Emmons.


  • Creation: 1853-1854

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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.1 linear feet (1 volume)

Fourteen autograph letters from Emily Dickinson to her friend Henry Vaughan Emmons.

Biographical / Historical

Dickinson was a poet of Amherst, Mass. Henry Vaughan Emmons (1832-1912) was a friend of her cousin, John Long Graves, while both were at Amherst College (Emmons, class of 1854). Emmons often visited the Dickinson home and became a friend of the family. He was an evangelist minister and occupied pulpits in various New England churches.

Physical Location

Shelved in Dickinson closet

Immediate Source of Acquisition

42M-250. Purchased with the Morris Gray fund from Dr. Henry M. Emmons, 354 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, Massachusetts; received 1942 November 10.

Existence and Location of Copies

Readers are expected to use the facsimiles available.

Separated Materials

Papers previously with this grouping called "Miscellaneous papers having to do with Emily Dickinson's letters to Emmons" have been moved to the curatorial file.


References included in the notes are to: JL = Johnson, Thomas, ed. The letters of Emily Dickinson. Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1958. This collection includes Johnson's "HCL E" letters.
  • JL = Johnson, Thomas, ed. The letters of Emily Dickinson. Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1958.

Processing Information

Processed by: Leslie A. Morris and Bonnie B. Salt

Dickinson, Emily, 1830-1886. Emily Dickinson letters to Henry Vaughan Emmons, 1853-1854: Guide.
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Repository Details

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