American Culture Collections


Marianne Dwight Orvis. “Aquilegia Canadensis,” from an album of wild flowers created at the Brook Farm Phalanx. Watercolor, 1846. pfMS Am 2625. Purchased with the Edward and Bertha C. Rose Acquisition Fund, the Stanley Marcus Endowment for Rare Books, and the Amy Lowell Trust, 2008.

American Culture Collections

Houghton Library’s 19th-century American literary collections include the papers of the Alcott family, Emily Dickinson, Ralph Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Sarah Orne Jewett, Herman Melville, Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr. and Jr.), the James family, William Dean Howells, James Russell Lowell, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Samuel Gridley Howe and Julia Ward Howe, Edward Bellamy, Celia Thaxter, and others. It also includes the archives of Boston publishers Houghton Mifflin Company and Little, Brown.  The library’s printed holdings of all of these authors is also virtually complete and, for many, substantial portions of their libraries are also held. The Bibliography of American Literature (BAL) was based at Houghton to take full advantage of this richness.

The list of 20th-century authors’ papers is also extensive: Henry Adams, Witter Bynner, T.S. Eliot, Edwin Arlington Robinson, Alexander Woollcott, Lafcadio Hearn, Thomas Wolfe, Robert Frost, John P. Marquand, John Dos Passos, John Cheever, John Updike, John Ashbery, E.E. Cummings, Amy Lowell, Gore Vidal, and many others, as well as the records of New Directions Publishing Corp., Houghton Mifflin, Little, Brown, Golden Book Magazine,The Atlantic Monthly, and The Natio

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