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Guide to the Louise Chandler Moulton Letters

MSN/MN 3012

 

Collection Summary

Title: Louise Chandler Moulton letters
Dates: 1884-1896
Collection No.: MSN/MN 3012
Creator: Moulton, Louise Chandler, 1835-1908
Extent: 33 items; 1 container; .5 linear feet
Language: Collection material in English
Repository: University of Notre Dame. Hesburgh Libraries, Department of Special Collections. 102 Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame, IN 46556
Abstract: A group of 33 manuscript letters, written by Louise Chandler Moulton (1835-1908), who wrote poetry, fiction, and literary criticism. Many of the letters, for example, those addressed to Fred Holland Day (1864-1933), a publisher and photographer, deal with the literature of the day.

Selected Search Terms

Moulton, Louise Chandler, 1835-1908
Moulton, Louise Chandler, 1835-1908--Correspondence
American literature--19th century

Administrative Information

Restrictions: There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Louise Chandler Moulton letters, [Collection and folder no.], Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame.

Acquisition and Processing Note: The circumstances surrounding the acquisition of this collection by the Hesburgh Libraries are not known. Arranged and described by Kenneth Kinslow. Finding aid 2014, by Ingrid Adams.

Biographical Note

Louise Chandler Moulton (1835-1908) was an American writer of fiction, poetry, and literary criticism. She was educated at the Troy Female Seminary and in 1855 married the Boston publisher, William Moulton. She regularly published verse, stories, and sketches in Godey's Lady's Book, Atlantic Monthly, Scribner's, Harper's Bazaar, and other magazines. She went on to publish such volumes of prose fiction as Miss Eyre from Boston and Other Stories (1889) and such books of poetry as In the Garden of Dreams (1890). At different times during her career she wrote literary columns for the Boston Sunday Herald and the New York Tribune, and she also edited the poetry of Philip Bourke Marston and Arthur O'Shaughnessy.

Moulton was also well known for the literary salons she kept. Her Friday salon in Boston was frequented by such figures as Ralph Waldo Emerson, James Russell Lowell, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Greenleaf Whittier, and Oliver Wendell Holmes. In 1876 she made her first trip to London and from that year until 1905 during the summers she maintained a literary salon there, which attracted the likes of Robert Browning, George Meredith, Francis Thompson, and Kenneth Grahame. Moulton died in Boston in 1908.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of 33 letters. Approximately, half the letters are clearly dated between 1884 and 1896; the rest appear to derive from the same period, but are more difficult to date precisely. The contents of the letters are most frequently invitations extended or accepted and brief references to publication matters and to the literature of the day.

Arrangement Note

The collection consists of one series; materials are arranged chronologically, one item per folder.

Related Material

The most extensive collection of Louise Chandler Moulton papers is located at the Library of Congress, and other substantial collections can be found at the American Antiquarian Society (Worcester, MA), the U. of Virginia, and the U. of Wisconsin..

Container List

  • Series 1: Letters 
    • Folder 1 (MSN/MN 3012-1) Letter. Louise Chandler Moulton, Boston, MA, to unidentified recipient, 1884 February 14. ALS, 1 page on 1 folded sheet.
      • Folder 2 (MSN/MN 3012-2) Letter. Louise Chandler Moulton, Boston, MA, to Mrs. Robinson, n.p., 1893 March 21. ALS, 1 page on 1 folded sheet.
        • Folder 3 (MSN/MN 3012-2) Letter. Louise Chandler Moulton, Boston, MA to Fred Holland Day, Boston, MA, 1895 December 29. ALS, 2 pages on 1 folded sheet, with envelope.
          • Folder 4 (MSN/MN 3012-4) Letter. Louise Chandler Moulton, to Fred Holland Day, Boston, MA, 1896 January 17. ALS, 4 pages on 1 folded sheet, with envelope.
            • Folder 5 (MSN/MN 3012-5) Letter. Louise Chandler Moulton, to Fred Holland Day, Boston, MA, 1896 April 1. ALS, 3 pages on 1 folded sheet, with envelope.
              • Folder 6 (MSN/MN 3012-6) Letter. Louise Chandler Moulton, to Fred Holland Day, Boston, MA, 1896 April 1. ALS, 2 pages on 1 folded sheet, with envelope.
                • Folder 7 (MSN/MN 3012-7) Letter. Louise Chandler Moulton, to Fred Holland Day, Boston, MA, 1896 June 22. ALS, 3 pages on 1 folded sheet, with envelope.
                  • Folder 8 (MSN/MN 3012-8) Letter. Louise Chandler Moulton, London, England, to Fred Holland Day, Boston, MA, 1896 October 27. ALS, 6 pages on 2 folded sheets, with envelope.
                    • Folder 9 (MSN/MN 3012-9) Letter. Louise Chandler Moulton, to Fred Holland Day, Boston, MA, 1896 December 13. ALS, 2 pages on 1 folded sheet, with envelope.
                      • Folder 10 (MSN/MN 3012-10) Letter. Louise Chandler Moulton, Boston, MA, to Mr. Bridgman, n.p., 1897 March 12. ALS, 3 pages on 1 folded sheet.
                        • Folder 11 (MSN/MN 3012-11) Letter. Louise Chandler Moulton, to Fred Holland Day, Boston, MA, 1897 November 1. ALS, 2 pages on 1 folded sheet, with envelope.
                          • Folder 12 (MSN/MN 3012-12) Letter. Louise Chandler Moulton, to Fred Holland Day, Boston, MA, 1897 December 16. ALS, 1 page on 1 folded sheet, with envelope.
                            • Folder 13 (MSN/MN 3012-13) Letter. Louise Chandler Moulton, to Mr. Copeland and Mr. Day, Boston, MA, 1897 December 21. ALS, 2 pages on 1 folded sheet, with envelope .
                              • Folder 14 (MSN/MN 3012-14) Letter. Louise Chandler Moulton, to Mr. Hardy, n.p., 1898 June 1. ALS, 1 page on 1 folded sheet.
                                • Folder 15 (MSN/MN 3012-15) Letter. Louise Chandler Moulton, Boston, MA, to Fred Holland Day, Boston, MA, 1896 January 20. ALS, 2 pages on 1 folded sheet, with envelope.
                                  • Folder 16 (MSN/MN 3012-16) Letter. Louise Chandler Moulton, Boston, MA, to "Dear Sir," n.p., n.y. January 31. ALS, 3 pages on 1 folded sheet.
                                    The letter has to do with purchasing shares of a mine; "Rhode Island" is pencilled in on one page, suggesting that the unidentified recipient may have been located in that state.
                                    • Folder 17 (MSN/MN 3012-17) Letter. Louise Chandler Moulton, Boston, MA, to Miss (or Mrs.) Cross, n.p., n.y. February 28. ALS, 1 page on 1 folded sheet.
                                      • Folder 18 (MSN/MN 3012-18) Letter. Louise Chandler Moulton, Boston, MA, to Mrs. Rogers, n.p., n.y. April 11. ALS, 2 pages on 1 folded sheet.
                                        • Folder 19 (MSN/MN 3012-19) Letter. Louise Chandler Moulton, n.p., to Mrs. Dunlap Hopkins, n.p., n.y. April 16. ALS, 2 pages on 1 folded sheet.
                                          • Folder 20 (MSN/MN 3012-20) Letter. Louise Chandler Moulton, n.p., to Mrs. Dunlap Hopkins, n.p., n.y. April 21. ALS, 2 pages on 1 folded sheet.
                                            • Folder 21 (MSN/MN 3012-21) Letter. Louise Chandler Moulton, Boston, MA, to Mrs. Dunlap Hopkins, n.p., n.y. April 23. ALS, 1 page on 1 folded sheet.
                                              • Folder 22 (MSN/MN 3012-22) Letter. Louise Chandler Moulton, Boston, MA, to "Dearest Lady," n.p., n.y. June 4. ALS, 3 pages on 1 folded sheet.
                                                The unidentified recipient of this letter is going to London; ill health and work on a volume of poetry may prevent Moulton from going to London for the season.
                                                • Folder 23 (MSN/MN 3012-23) Letter. Louise Chandler Moulton, London, England, to Fred Holland Day, n.y. July 29. ALS, 4 pages on 1 folded sheet.
                                                  • Folder 24 (MSN/MN 3012-24) Letter. Louise Chandler Moulton, Boston, MA, to Fred Holland Day, n.y. November 21. ALS, 3 pages on 1 folded sheet.
                                                    The letter bears no year, but it is reasonable to assume that it is 1895, because of a reference to James O'Neill's Garrison Tales from Tonquin, which was published that year.
                                                    • Folder 25 (MSN/MN 3012-25) Letter. Louise Chandler Moulton, Boston, MA, to Mrs. Rogers, n.p., n.y. December 2. ALS, 2 pages on 1 folded sheet.
                                                      Moulton indicates that she may miss the "Round Table" because she is going to New York to attend the Mark Twain dinner on December 5.
                                                      • Folder 26 (MSN/MN 3012-26) Letter. Louise Chandler Moulton, Boston, MA, to Fred Holland Day, n.p., n.y. December 17. ALS, 3 pages on 1 folded sheet.
                                                        • Folder 27 (MSN/MN 3012-27) Letter. Louise Chandler Moulton, to Fred Holland Day, n.p., n.y. December 17. ALS, 1 page on 1 folded sheet.
                                                          • Folder 28 (MSN/MN 3012-28) Letter. Louise Chandler Moulton, Boston, MA, to Fred Holland Day, n.p., n.d. ALS, 1 page on 1 folded sheet.
                                                            • Folder 29 (MSN/MN 3012-29) Letter. Louise Chandler Moulton, to Mrs. Flower, n.p., n.d. ALS, 1 page on 1 folded sheet.
                                                              • Folder 30 (MSN/MN 3012-30) Letter. Louise Chandler Moulton, to Miss Beal, n.p., n.d. ALS, 2 pages on 1 folded sheet.
                                                                • Folder 31 (MSN/MN 3012-31) Letter. Louise Chandler Moulton, to Mrs. Whipple, n.p., n.d. ALS, 2 pages on 1 folded sheet.
                                                                  • Folder 32 (MSN/MN 3012-32) Letter. Louise Chandler Moulton, to Mr. Edwards, n.p., n.d. ALS, 1 page on 1 folded sheet.
                                                                    • Folder 33 (MSN/MN 3012-33) Letter. Louise Chandler Moulton, Boston, MA, to William Henry Rideing, n.p., n.d. ALS, 1 page on 1 folded sheet.