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Emily Dickinson Collection

 Collection — Container: MS Am. 1093
Call Number: MS Am. 1093

Scope and Contents

This collection contains approximately 70 letters and 43 poems sent by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) to Thomas Wentworth Higginson. The letters provide insight into their relationship, particularly Higginson’s role as her “teacher” and Dickinson’s personal life. Also included are letters written between Thomas Wentworth Higginson and Mabel Loomis Todd regarding the publication of Dickinson’s poems. Many of the letters Dickinson sent to Higginson appear in The Poems of Emily Dickinson, edited by Thomas H. Johnson, Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Copyright 1958, 1986 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College. Many of the poems appear in The Poems of Emily Dickinson, Thomas H. Johnson, ed., Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Copyright, 1951, 1955, 1979, 1983 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College.

Dates

  • 1859-1907
  • Majority of material found in 1862-1891

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The President and Fellows of Harvard College claim the sole ownership of and sole literary rights and copyrights therein to the texts of Emily Dickinson.  For permission to quote from or reproduce from manuscript material of Dickinson, contact the Curator of Modern Books and Manuscripts

Biographical or Historical Information

In 1862, Emily Dickinson responded to an article by Thomas Wentworth Higginson entitled "Letter to a Young Contributor", which formed a personal and professional relationship between the two and resulted in the first-time publication of many of Dickinson’s poems.

Extent

150.00 Items

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection contains approximately 70 letters and 43 poems sent by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) to Thomas Wentworth Higginson (1823-1911). Also included are letters written between Thomas Wentworth Higginson and Mabel Loomis Todd regarding the publication of Dickinson’s poems.

Arrangement Note

Arranged chronologically.

Method of Acquisition

Donated to the Boston Public Library by Thomas Wentworth Higginson in 1911.

Processing Information

Finding aid written by Kimberly Reynolds, August 2011.
Title
Emily Dickinson Collection
Author
Rare Books and Manuscripts Department staff, October 2011
Date
10/21/2011
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

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