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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2745

Alcott family additional papers


Drawings and letters of artist, May Alcott, compositions of writer Louisa May Alcott, as well as family papers of the Alcott family of Concord, Massachusetts.


  • 1724-1927

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to May Alcott drawings (items (1) - (37)) requires the permission of the John Pratt family. There are no restrictions on physical access to the rest of the material.


2 linear feet (5 boxes)

Extensive drawings by May Alcott and her letters sent home while abroad. Also includes Louisa May Alcott letters and compositions as well as items of other Alcott family members including, Abba May Alcott, Anna Bronson Alcott Pratt, Amos Bronson Alcott and others. Also includes a few early prints and some later

Most items are stamped in ink: F. ALCOTT PRATT.

Biographical / Historical

Part of the family papers of the Alcott family of Concord (Mass.). Parents were Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888), the New England transcendentalist, and Abigail [Abba] May Alcott (1800-1877). Their four daughters were: Anna Bronson Alcott Pratt (1831-1893) [who married John Bridge Pratt (1833-1870)], the writer Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888), Elizabeth Sewall [Lizzie] Alcott (1835-1858), and Abigail May Alcott Nieriker (1840-1879), an American artist [who married Ernest Nieriker (1856-1935)]. Children from these sisters were: John Sewall Pratt [Alcott] (1865-1923) and Frederic Alcott Pratt (1862-1910) [children of Anna and John Pratt]; and Louisa May Nieriker Rasiam (b1879) [child of May and Ernest Nieriker].


Arranged into the following series:

  1. I. May Alcott drawings
  2. ___A. Sketches abroad green album
  3. ___B. Loose images from green album
  4. ___C. Large black and red album
  5. II. May Alcott letters sent from abroad
  6. III. Papers from Anna Bronson Alcott's leather notebook
  7. ___A. Alcott family correspondence
  8. ___B. Compositions by Louisa May Alcott and others
  9. IV. Other material

Immediate Source of Acquisition

59M-314. Deposited by Mrs. F. Wolsey Pratt; received: 1960.

Related Materials

See HOLLIS and OASIS for additional materials concerning the Alcott family held by the Houghton Library.

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Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Alcott family. Alcott family additional papers, 1724-1927: Guide.
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