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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1118.19

Emily Dickinson commemorative stamps and ephemera


United States postage stamps and ephemera issued to commemorate the American poet Emily Dickinson.


  • 1971

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.2 linear feet (1 box)

Includes a pane of 50 Emily Dickinson postage stamps and ephemera concerning the celebrations for the issuing of the stamp, including: newspaper article, invitation, leaflet, program, bookmark, tickets, and other materials.

Biographical / Historical

Emily Dickinson was an American poet.

The Emily Dickinson stamp was the second in a series dedicated to American poets. It was designed by Bernard Fuchs of Wesport, Connecticut from the daguerreotype made of ED in 1847 while she was attending Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. The daguerreotype, in the possession of Amherst College, is the only photographic portrait taken during the poet's lifetime. Leonard C. Buckley modeled the stamp. Arthur W. Dintamen designed the vignette and Albert Saavedra engraved the letters. The stamp was printed on the Giori press.


Arranged alphabetically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Sent to William Bond, Librarian of the Houghton Library; received: 1971 October 23.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Emily Dickinson commemorative stamps and ephemera, 1971: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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