Skip to main content
COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1118.97-1118.98

Martha Dickinson Bianchi correspondence concerning publication of the poetry of Emily Dickinson,

Correspondence regarding publication of the poetry of the American poet, Emily Dickinson, by her niece, Martha Dickinson Bianchi.

Dates

  • 1881-1943,
  • Majority of material found within 1925-1937 .

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Extent

1 collection (3.75 linear feet (4 boxes))

This collection largely consists of correspondence with Bianchi in regard to her work and research into the life, letters, and poetry of Emily Dickinson. The Bianchi end of the correspondence consists mainly of carbon copies of letters written by Bianchi or her coeditor, Alfred Leete Hampson. Series I includes correspondence with publishers and periodical publications as well as invoices and royalty statements. Also included are notes and correspondence related to the sale of Dickinson manuscripts and some of Bianchi's research notes and drafts for her writings on Dickinson. Series II is primarily letters with associated materials from assorted individuals to Bianchi about her work on Dickinson.

Biographical / Historical

Martha Dickinson Bianchi (1866-1943) was the niece of American poet, Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), and daughter of William Austin Dickinson (1829-1895) and Susan Huntington Dickinson (1830-1913). As the sole surviving member of the Dickinson family, she edited several collections of Emily Dickinson's work, and wrote two Dickinson biographies. A poet in her own right, Bianchi published several volumes of her own work as well.

Arrangement

Arranged into the following series:
  1. ___I. Correspondence regarding publication
  2. ______A. Correspondence with publishing companies and related materials
  3. ______B. Correspondence regarding manuscript sales
  4. ______C. Correspondence, related notes and other materials
  5. ___II. Correspondence with individuals

Physical Location

b

Immediate Source of Acquisition

98M-69. Bulk of collection purchased from Alfred Leete Hampson with funds given by Gilbert H. Montague, class of 1901, in happy memory of Amy Angell Collier Montague; received: 1950 May.

Related Materials

Similar and related materials at Houghton include:
  1. Contracts and correspondence concerning publication of the works of Emily Dickinson (MS Am 1118.18).
  2. Dickinson family papers (MS Am 1118.95)
  3. Martha Dickinson Bianchi papers (MS Am 1118.96)

Bibliography
Major books consulted while cataloging this collection: Bianchi, Martha Dickinson, 1866-1943. Emily Dickinson face to face: unpublished letters with notes and reminiscences / With a foreword by Alfred Leete Hampson. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1932. Bianchi, Martha Dickinson, 1866-1943. The life and letters of Emily Dickinson. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1924. Habegger, Alfred. My wars are laid away in books: the life of Emily Dickinson. New York: Random House, 2001.
  • Bibliography
  • Bianchi, Martha Dickinson, 1866-1943. Emily Dickinson face to face: unpublished letters with notes and reminiscences / With a foreword by Alfred Leete Hampson. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1932.
  • Bianchi, Martha Dickinson, 1866-1943. The life and letters of Emily Dickinson. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1924.
  • Habegger, Alfred. My wars are laid away in books: the life of Emily Dickinson. New York: Random House, 2001.

Processing Information

Processed by: Jennifer Lyons with the assistance of Alexis Dinniman
Link to catalog
Title
Bianchi, Martha Dickinson, 1866-1943. Martha Dickinson Bianchi correspondence concerning publication of the poetry of Emily Dickinson, 1881-1943: Guide.
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Description rules
dacs
EAD ID
hou02016

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

Contact:
Harvard Yard
Harvard University
Cambridge MA 02138 USA
(617) 495-2440