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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Collection 1821-1995 (bulk 1821-1909).


Correspondence, 1821-1959, n.d.
0.5 linear foot
Catalog Number: M112.1

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Contains two subseries: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow letters and Other correspondence. Consists mostly of letters by Longfellow to family, friends, and other writers. It covers all periods of the poet's life, but is most extensive after he retired from Harvard in 1854 to concentrate on his writing. There are also a great many letters after Longfellow's death from researchers and authors, most notably Jacob C. Chamberlain, the editor of the Longfellow bibliography of first editions. Organized chronologically, with a chronological list of correspondents at the beginning of Box 1.
Arrangement:Arranged chronologically
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Restrictions:Use of original correspondence is restricted, with exceptions determined on an individual basis.


Writings, 1823-1925, n.d.
24 folders
Catalog Number: M112.2

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Consists mostly of Longfellow's writings in his own hand, most notably his poems and his Latin Oration from 1824. Also included is "The Old Portland Academy," by Samuel Longfellow, and the sketches for "Evangeline" by F.O.C. Darley. Accompanying the series is a summary of other Longfellow manuscript material in the Bowdoin College Library.
Arrangement:Arranged chronologically
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Restrictions:Use of original manuscripts is restricted, with exceptions determined on an individual basis.


Craigie House Material, 1916-1982, n.d.
0.25 linear feet
Catalog Number: M112.3

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Consists of material relating to the house in Cambridge, Massachusetts where Longfellow lived from August 1837 until his death in 1882. Built around 1759 and presently a National Historic Site maintained by the National Park Service, Craigie House was used by George Washington as his military headquarters during the American Revolution. Most of the materials are pamphlets and articles from the National Park Service, although there are a number of miscellaneous clippings and ephemera as well.
Arrangement:Arranged chronologically
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Journals of Harriet Coffin Sumner Appleton, 1851-1867
1.0 linear foot
Catalog Number: M112.4

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Journals of Harriet Coffin Sumner Appleton, who became the wife of Nathan Appleton on January 8, 1839. She was also the stepmother of Frances Appleton, who married Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1843. Dating from June of 1851 to 1867, these journals consist mostly of brief notes written on the blank pages of the Farmer's Almanac for the corresponding year. Organized chronologically.
Arrangement:Arranged chronologically
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Images, 1825-1882, n.d.

Catalog Number: M112.5

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Contains three subseries: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow portraits and silhouettes, Longfellow residences, and Miscellaneous. Consists of photographic images of a note from Longfellow to Alpheus Spring Packard, as well as Longfellow's houses in Portland, Maine and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Also included are portraits of Longfellow in his later years.
Arrangement:Consult individual subseries for arrangement information.
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George T. Little's "Longfellow's Boyhood Poems," 1906-1935, n.d.
9 folders
Catalog Number: M112.6

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Material relating to George T. Little's (Bowd. 1877; Librarian 1883-1915) paper "Longfellow's Boyhood Poems," including correspondence, notes, bibliographies, and proofs. Also included are the edited typescript by Ray W. Pettengill and a list of Longfellow's poems set to music.
Arrangement:Arranged chronologically
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Ephemera and memorabilia, 1807-1995, n.d.
.40 linear feet
Catalog Number: M112.7

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Newsclippings of various types and subjects; assorted pamphlets and articles by and concerning Longfellow, his residences, and his works; commemorative material and miscellaneous ephemera.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically by subject
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Clippings, 1870-1999, n.d.
2.0 linear feet
Catalog Number: M112.8

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Contains three subseries: Biographical, Writings, and George T. Little Henry Wadsworth Longfellow scrapbooks. Consists of newsclippings of various types and subjects; assorted pamphlets and articles by and concerning Longfellow, his residences, and his works; commemorative material and miscellaneous ephemera.
Arrangement:Consult individual subseries for arrangement information.
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