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Margaret Fuller Papers

 Collection — Container: MS Am. 1450
Call Number: MS Am. 1450

Scope and Contents

This collection contains approximately 154 letters, poems, fragments, and journal extracts written by Margaret Fuller from 1837-1850, including letters to William Henry Channing, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Lewis Cass. This material provides insights into Fuller’s thoughts about religion and nature, her writing, the Dial, her dissatisfaction with life, her relationships with Emerson and Ossoli, and her experiences in Italy. Also included are 109 letters written between Thomas Wentworth Higginson and such people as William Henry Channing, James Freeman Clark, and George Willis Cooke regarding his biography about Fuller.


  • 1837-1884


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Items in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. In most cases, the Boston Public Library does not hold the copyright to the items in our collections. It is the sole responsibility of the user to make their own determination about what types of usage might be permissible under U.S. and international copyright law.


273.00 Items

Language of Materials



Arranged alphabetically.

Method of Acquisition

This collection was donated to the Boston Public Library by Thomas Wentworth Higginson and Margaret Fuller Loring, November 24, 1904.

Related Materials

Two letters to John Dwight from Margaret Fuller dated 31 May and 8 Jun 1837. MS E. 4.1.15.

Letter to Mrs. Maria (Weston) Chapman from Margaret Fuller dated 20 Dec 1840. MS A.9.2, vol.14 no. 82A.

Letter to Anne Warren Weston from Margaret Fuller dated 1840. MS A.9.2, vol.14 no 83A.

Letter to Mrs. Francis dated 5 Dec 1845. MS Ch.B 4.57.

Letter to J. N. Gotendorf to Richard Fuller dated 14 Feb 1863. MS Am. 1451 (74).

72 letters to James Nathan from Margaret Fuller dated Feb 1845-Aug1946. MS Am. 1451.

Letter to editors of the Broadway Journal dated 9 August 1845. MS Gris. 1267.

Letter to J. N. Gotendorf  from Richard Fuller dated 14 Feb 1863. MS Am. 1451 (74).

Letter to Horace G. Waldin to Thomas Wentworth Higginson dated 5 Jan 1904. MS Am. 1451 (75).

Letter to Boston Public Library from Anderson Auction Company, New York dated 12 Jan 1904. MS Am. 1451 (76).

Note from Boston Public Library Order Department dated 19 Jan 1904. MS Am. 1451 (77).

Anderson Auction Company, New York. Notice of sale of Margaret Fuller letters to James Nathan. MS Am. 1451 (78).

Processing Information

Finding aid written by Rare Books and Manuscripts staff.

Processing Information

This electronic finding aid is transcribed from legacy data. In many cases, transcriptions were not verified against collection materials at the time of transcription. As a result, this finding aid could be incomplete and might only reflect a partial understanding of the material.

Statement on harmful description

Archival description reflects the biases of time periods and cultures in which it was created and may include direct quotations or descriptions that use inappropriate or harmful language. Creator provided descriptions may be maintained in order to preserve the context in which the collection was created and/or used. Legacy description and potentially offensive content may be made available online until a collection can be reprocessed because the access that they provide to primary source materials is uniquely valuable to the research community at large. Our efforts to repair outdated descriptions and to describe our collections more equitably are iterative and ongoing.

Margaret Fuller Papers
Rare Books and Manuscript staff, October 2011
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Revision Statements

  • 2011-08: Updated by Kimberly Reynolds, August 2011.

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