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Margaret Fuller Papers, 1837-1884 | Boston Public Library Archival and Manuscript Finding Aid Database

By Rare Books and Manuscript staff, October 2011

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Collection Overview

Title: Margaret Fuller Papers, 1837-1884Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Collection Identifier: MS Am. 1450

Primary Creator: Fuller, Margaret, 1810-1850

Other Creators: Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911

Extent: 273.0 Items

Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically.

Subjects: Authors, American -- 19th century -- Correspondence, Channing, W. H. (William Henry), 1810-1884 -- Correspondence., Dial (Boston, Mass.)., Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882 -- Correspondence., Fuller, Margaret, 1810-1850 -- Correspondence., Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911 -- Correspondence.

Languages: English

Abstract

This collection contains approximately 154 letters, poems, fragments, and journal extracts written by Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) from 1837-1850. Also included is correspondence regarding Thomas Wentworth's biography of Fuller.

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Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Subject/Index Terms

Authors, American -- 19th century -- Correspondence
Channing, W. H. (William Henry), 1810-1884 -- Correspondence.
Dial (Boston, Mass.).
Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882 -- Correspondence.
Fuller, Margaret, 1810-1850 -- Correspondence.
Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911 -- Correspondence.

Administrative Information

Repository: Boston Public Library Archival and Manuscript Finding Aid Database

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions:

Items in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. The Boston Public Library does not hold copyright on the material in this collection. Researchers are responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations that hold copyright.

When reproducing material from this collection please include the credit line "Courtesy of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library/ Rare Books."

Acquisition Method: 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).

Preferred Citation: Margaret Fuller Papers. MS Am. 1450. Rare Books and Manuscripts Department, Boston Public Library. Courtesy of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library/Rare Books.

Processing Information: Finding aid written by Rare Books and Manuscripts staff.

Finding Aid Revision History: Updated by Kimberly Reynolds, August 2011.


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Folder 1: Alcott, Amos Bronson, 1799-1888.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

1a Extracts from diary (copies) about Margaret Fuller dated between 2 Aug 1836 and 2 Jan 1851. 3 s. (12 p.)

1b Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. 2 Ms. (copies) LL. to Amos Bronson Alcott, 27 Jun 1837 and 10 Oct 1839. 2 s. (8 p.)

Folder 2: Alcott, Amos Bronson, 1799-1888. Ms. (copies), [1839?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Diary extracts regarding success of the Dial. (5 p.)
Folder 3: Atlantic Monthly. Boston, February 1870Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Review of Memoir and Writings of Margaret Fuller.
Folder 4: Channing, William Henry, 1810-1884. Ms.L. (fragment) to [Thomas Wentworth Higginson], 27 November 1884Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Describes shipwreck fatal to Margaret Fuller Ossoli, 1850?  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 5: Clarke, [Sarah Freedman?]. Ms.L. to Elizabeth Hoar, 12 January 1851Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Mentions a small marble bust and describing events preceding Margaret Fuller Ossoli's departure from Leghorn; Rome  1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 6: Clarke, Sarah Freeman. A.L.S. to [Thomas Wentworth Higginson?], Marietta, [Ohio?], 27 November 1884Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Explains comments of Mozier about the Ossolis.  2 s. (6 p.)
Folder 7: Cranch, Christopher Pearse, 1813-1892. A.L.S. to Thomas Wentworth Higginson, 2 December 1884Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Protests against a libel upon Margaret Fuller Ossoli by Julian Hawthorn; Cambridge, Mass.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 8: The Critic., 1 December 1883Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Review of Margaret Fuller by Julia Ward Howe. 1. (1 p.)
Folder 9: Fuller, Hiram, 1814-1880. Ms. L. to Ralph Waldo Emerson, 6 July 1837Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Gives plans for a dedication ceremony; Providence, Rhode Island1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 10: Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911, supposed author. Editorial, 25 August 1883Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
An editorial on Margaret Fuller Ossoli which appeared in a Boston paper at the time of the closing session of the Concord School of Philosophy. 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 11: Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911. Ms. list, 188-?Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
List of letters by or about Margaret Fuller Ossoli.  1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 12: Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911. Ms. list, 188-?Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Annotated list of letters by or about Margaret Fuller Ossoli. 1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 13: Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911. Ms. notes, 188-?Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Notes on letter by Amos Bronson Alcott upon receiving Goethe's Conversations with Eckerman from Margaret Fuller and list of attendance of meetings on 8 and 22 May, 18392 s. (3 p.)
Folder 14: Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911. Ms. notes, 188-?Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Notes referring to Emerson and the Dial.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 15: Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911. Ms. fragments, 1884?Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Refers to Elizabeth Randall, the Temple School, and John Heraud.  3 s. (3 p.)
Folder 16: Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911. Ms. chronology, 1883?Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Brief chronology of Margaret Fuller Ossoli.1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 17: Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911. 2 Ms. fragments, 188-?Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Contains quotations from letters of Margaret Fuller dated 23 April 1839 and 5 July 1840.
Folder 18: Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911. Ms. extracts, 188-?Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Extracts of letters of Margaret Fuller dated between 5 July 1840 and 13 September 1841. 2 s. (5 p.)
Folder 19: Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911. Ms. notes, 188-?Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Miscellaneous notes on minor figures connected with Margaret Fuller Ossoli.  3 s. (4 p.)
Folder 20: Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911. Ms. notes, 188-?Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

20a Notes referring to Brook Farm. 1 s. (5 p.)

20b Notes referring to Amos Bronson Alcott's diary.  1 s. (6 p.)

Folder 21: Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911. Ms. notes, 188-?Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
From Alcott's diary on Brook Farm
Folder 22: Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911. Ms. notes, 188-?Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Mentions Dr. Hedge.  1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 23: Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911. Ms. notes, 188-?Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
About Margaret Fuller Ossoli's health.  1s. (1 p.)
Folder 24: Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911 and Margaret Fuller Loring, 29 November 1904Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Typewritten copy of letter to President and Trustees of the Boston Public Library accompanying gift of collection of papers bearing on life and career of Margaret Fuller Ossoli; [Boston?]  1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 25: Kinney, William Burnet 1799-1880. Ms. fragments of letters to Ralph Waldo Emerson, 2 May 1853?Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Comments on Margaret Fuller Ossoli as known in Rome; [Turin] copy. 2 s. (2 p.)
Folder 26: Ossolli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms.L. (copy) to Amos Bronson Alcott, 1843?Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Refers to her review of Bulwer's novels in Western Messenger and her correspondence. 1 s. (1 p.)

Copied by Franklin B. Sanborn.

Folder 27: Ossolli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.L. to W.H. Channing, 25 March 184-?Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
About Bettina and Gunderode and poem itself in German.  3 s. (4 p.)
Folder 28: Ossolli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms.L.  to Lewis Cass; last half page, April 1849?Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 29: Ossolli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.L.S. to Lewis Cass. Rieti, Italy, 19 July 1949Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Describes Rieti.  1 s. (4 p.)
Folder 30: Ossolli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms.L. to Lewis Cass, 30 July 1849Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Describes experiences with her child's nurse; Reiti, Italy.  1 s. (2 p.) Copy
Folder 31: Ossolli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms. (copy) L. to Lewis Cass. Reiti, Italy., 31 August 1849Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
About Marquis d'Ossoli's arrest and her subsequent acquaintance with Cavalier Ricci.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 32: Ossolli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms.L. to Lewis Cass, Florence., 4 October 1849Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Relates troubles with the police. 1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 33: Ossolli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms.L. to Lewis Cass, 5 February. 1850Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Describes political situation in Tuscany; Florence; Italy   Copy   1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 34: Ossolli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms. poem, 23 May 1836Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Written on her 26th birthday, with cover notes (in pencil) by William Henry Channing.

In pamphlet form, copied by Emelyn Story.  6 s. (8 p.)

Folder 35: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.L.S. to William Henry Channing, Providence, R. I., 9 December 1838Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Tells about her plan to teach in Cincinnati. With this is typed text of crossed-out passages.  2 s. (6 p.)
Folder 36: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.L.S. to W.H. Channing. Jamaica Plain, 1 January 1840Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Requests article for first issue of The Dial.  1 s. ( 2 p.)
Folder 37: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.L.S. to W.H. Channing, Jamaica Plain., 22 March 1840Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
On writing for The Dial.  1 s. (4 p.)
Folder 38: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.L.S. to W.H. Channing, Jamaica Plain, 19 April 1840Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Writes about The Dial and her own development.  1 s. (4 p.)
Folder 39: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.L. to William Henry Channing, 27 September 1840Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
describing poetically the day.  Incomplete.  2 s (4 p.)
Folder 40: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.L. to William Henry Channing, 25-28 October 1840Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
About generalities.  3 s (10  p.)
Folder 41: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.L. to William Henry Channing, 8 November 1840Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
About her teaching experiences and Dial.
Folder 42: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.L. to William Henry Channing, 8 December 1840Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
about a Bellini opera La Sonnambula.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 43: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.L. to William Henry Channing, 13 December 1840Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
About stories, including outline of Edith and Melissa.  2 s. (7 p.)
Folder 44: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.L. (fragment) to William Henry Channing, 1840Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Describes her activities.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 45: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.L. (fragment) to William Henry Channing, 2 February 1841Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
About writing for the Dial.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 46: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.L. (fragment) to William Henry Channing, 5 April 1841Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Discusses speech of Theodore Parker on Idolatry and Beethoven symphony.  1 s (2 p.)
Folder 47: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.L. (incomplete) to William Henry Channing, 31 July 1841Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Describes farm near seacoast; Newport.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 48: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.L. to William Henry Channing, 6 August 1841Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Describes life at Newport; Paradise Farm, R. I.  2 s. (6 p.)
Folder 49: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.L. (incomplete) to William Henry Channing Cambridge, Mass., 29 August 1841Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
About Phi Beta Kappa lecture.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 50: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.L. (incomplete) to William Henry Channing, Cambridge, Mass., 17 June 1843Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
on religion and Xenophon and Socrates.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 51: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.L. to William Henry Channing, Chicago, Ill., 10 August 1843Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
describing journey to Mackinaw, Mich.  1 s. (4 p.)
Folder 52: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.L. to William Henry Channing, June 1844Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Discusses her book about to be published.  1 s. (4 p.)
Folder 53: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.L. to William Henry Channing, Cambridge, Mass., September 1844Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Discusses nature, her flower piece, and natural harmony of names.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 54: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.L. (incomplete) to William Henry Channing, 3 November 1844Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Includes poem she wrote. 1 s. (4 p)
Folder 55: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.L. (incomplete) to William Henry Channing, 15 December 1845Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
About her book Woman in the Nineteeth Century and recently completed pamphlet.  1 s. (4 p.)
Folder 56: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.L. (incomplete) to William Henry Channing, 15 December 1845Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Mentions death of her grandmother.  1 s, (2 p).
Folder 57: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.L. to William Henry Channing, 31 December 1845Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Suggests projected tour of prisons and other public institutions.  Includes poem.  1 s. (4 p.)
Folder 58: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms. (copied fragment) to William Henry Channing, 184-?Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Discusses her writing.
Folder 59: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms. (copy) to Christopher Pease Cranch, Fishkill Landing, N.Y., 14 May 1848Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Reminisces about drive in country and includes poem on Bellini. 1 s. (2 p.)

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