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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1118.18

Dickinson family contracts and correspondence concerning publication of the works of Emily Dickinson


Contracts and correspondence between the Dickinson family and Roberts Brothers, Little, Brown and Company, and Houghton, Mifflin and Company, concerning the publication of the works of the poet, Emily Dickinson.


  • 1890-1935

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.3 linear feet (1 box)
Includes contracts (1890-1935) to publish the poetry of, and books about, Emily Dickinson. Contracts are between Lavinia Norcross Dickinson and Martha Dickinson Bianchi and the publishing houses of Roberts Brothers (later Little, Brown and Company) and Houghton, Mifflin and Company. Collection also includes correspondence (1894-1901) of Austin Dickinson and Lavinia Norcross Dickinson with Roberts Brothers concerning the settlement of a debt.

Biographical / Historical

Dickinson was a poet of Amherst, Mass. Correspondents and contract parties mentioned in this series are: Lavinia Norcross Dickinson (1833-1899), ED's sister; Austin Dickinson (1829-1895), ED's brother; and Martha Dickinson Bianchi (1866-1943), ED's niece (daughter of Austin and Susan Dickinson).


Arranged chronologically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Alfred Leete Hampson, 1950 May, with funds given by Gilbert H. Montague, class of 1901, in happy memory of Amy Angel Collier Montague.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
Link to catalog
Dickinson family. Dickinson family contracts and correspondence concerning publication of the works of Emily Dickinson, 1890-1935: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

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