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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1792

Papers relating to the bequest of Thomas Carlyle's library to Harvard College Library,

Correspondence and other documents concerning Thomas Carlyle's bequest of his library to the Harvard College Library.


  • 1869-1894.

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


1 collection (1 volume (.2 linear ft.))

Papers relating to Carlyle's bequest to the Harvard College Library of the books used by him in writing the History of Friedrich of Prussia and Oliver Cromwell's Letters and Speeches. Collection includes: autograph letters from Charles E. Norton, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thomas Woolner, and Mrs. Alexander Carlyle; manuscript letters from the Trübner & Co., London, executors of Carlyle; a preliminary list in Mary Aitken's hand of books, annotated by Thomas Carlyle, to be forwarded to Harvard; a printed copy of Harvard Library bibliographical contributions, 1888, and Harvard University bulletin containing the notice of Carlyle's bequest, 1881; and other materials.

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Carlyle was a Scottish essayist, satirist, and historian.


Arranged by folder number as found during full cataloging in June of 2013.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Recataloged from Carl 243 and Carl 1.25.

Carl 1.25 was purchased with the Norton Fund; received: 1932 July 18.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
Link to catalog
Papers relating to the bequest of Thomas Carlyle's library to Harvard College Library, 1869-1894: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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