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Rufus W. Griswold Papers, 1834-1857 | Boston Public Library Archival and Manuscript Finding Aid Database

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Collection Overview

Title: Rufus W. Griswold Papers, 1834-1857Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Collection Identifier: MS Gris.

Primary Creator: Griswold, Rufus, W., 1815-1857

Extent: 1285.0 Items

Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1900

Subjects: American Literature — 19th Century — History and Criticism, Authors, American — 19th Century — Correspondence, Authors and publishers -- Correspondence, Carey, Alice, 1820-1871, Fields, James Thomas, 1817-1881, Graham's Magazine, Griswold, Rufus, 1815-1897, Hoffman, Charles Fenno, 1806-1884, Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849., Poets, American — 19th Century — Correspondence, Poets and Poetry of America, Tucker, Beverley, 1784-1851, Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892

Languages: English

Abstract

This collection contains the letters of Rufus Griswold (1815-1857), editor of Graham’s Magazine and publisher of American literature and poetry in the mid 19th century.  The letters document his relationships – both professional and personal – with his contemporaries.  Most notable is the correspondence between Griswold and Edgar Allan Poe.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains the near entirety of Rufus Griswold’s correspondence between the years 1834 and 1857. In particular, it reflects his business dealings as editor of Graham’s Magazine, and publisher of The Poets and Poetry of America.  Correspondence is primarily letters to Griswold from poets, authors, and other editors regarding publications and reviews.

The majority of the letters are related to either Graham’s Magazine or The Poets of America and include requests for publication or critical review. While the correspondence is business in nature, the letters also discuss the personal lives of such people as Rufus Griswold, Edgar Allen Poe, Elizabeth Ellet, and Frances Sargent Osgood.

Griswold’s publication, The Poets and Poetry of America, was the first anthology of American poetry and was published in 1842. From this publication stemmed others that are mentioned in the letters, among them The Female Poets of America, Prose Writers of America, Poets and Poetry of England.

Many of the letters in the collection have been printed in Passages from the Correspondence and Other Papers of Rufus W. Griswold, published by W. M. Griswold at Cambridge in 1898, and The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, New York, 1902.

Subject/Index Terms

American Literature — 19th Century — History and Criticism
Authors, American — 19th Century — Correspondence
Authors and publishers -- Correspondence
Carey, Alice, 1820-1871
Fields, James Thomas, 1817-1881
Graham's Magazine
Griswold, Rufus, 1815-1897
Hoffman, Charles Fenno, 1806-1884
Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849.
Poets, American — 19th Century — Correspondence
Poets and Poetry of America
Tucker, Beverley, 1784-1851
Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892

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: Donated to the Boston Public Library by Mrs. Rufus Griswold in 1900.

Preferred Citation: Rufus W. Griswold Collection, MS Gris. Courtesy of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library. Courtesy of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library/Rare Books.

Processing Information: Finding aid prepared by Honor McCusker, c. 1963.

Finding Aid Revision History: Updated by Bethany Hirsch, November 2011.


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Folder 1268: MS poem: "The Iron Age"; [n.p., n.d.]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
8 s. (8 p.)
Folder 1269: MS poems: "Sing Poet Sing"; [n.d., n.p.]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
On same sheet: "One moment, love . . ."; "Ah, this divided life . . ."; "Speak to me Love . . ."; "Fate has traced our seperate paths . . "; "Every day I aks myself . . ."; "One kiss, dear love . . ."  1 s. (4 p.)
Folder 1270: MS poem: "Stanzas"; [n.p., n.d.]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
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Folder 1271: MS poem: "Thanksgiving"[ [n.p., n.d.]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
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Folder 1272: MS poems: "To a babe looking in its hand"; [n.p., n.d.]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
On same sheet: "The Gay Coquette"; "Growing Old" 1 s. (4 p.)
Folder 1273: MS poem: "The Witch's Deed"; [n.p., n.d.]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
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Folder 1274: MS poems about Cuba; [n.p., n.d.]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
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Folder 1275: MS poem: "A Passage in My School Days": [n.p., n.d]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
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Folder 1276: MS poem: "In Sickness & in Health"; [n.p., n.d.]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
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Folder 1277: MS poem: "The Farmer"; [n.p., n.d.]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
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Folder 1278: MS A.N.: "Learning to Read"; [n.p., n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Poems include "Apollo may fret, etc."; "There s one in the world . . "; "Always be sad, never look glad". 2 s. (4 p.)
Folder 1279: MS poem: "The Ages"; [n.p., n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
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Folder 1280: MS A.N.: "Confessions of a Convalescent"; [n.p., 1849-1852Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
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Folder 1281: MS poem: "To the Indian Girl of Lake Ontario"; [n.p., 8 May 1824]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 1282: MS poem: "A Fable: the Owl and two Parrots" [n.p., 1839?Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
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Folder 1283: MS poems: Incomplete fragments; [n.p., n.d.]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
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Folder 1284: Unknown. A.N.S. to [Rufus Griswold]; [n.d., n.p.]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
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Folder 1285: Unknown. A.N.S. to [Rufus] Griswold; [n.p., n.d.]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
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