|Title:||Louisa May Alcott collection|
|Collection No.:||MSN/MN 3010|
|Creator:||Alcott, Louisa May (1832-1888)|
|Extent:||4 items; 1 container; 1 linear inch|
|Language:||Collection material in English|
|Repository:||University of Notre Dame. Hesburgh Libraries, Department of Special Collections. 102 Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame, IN 46556|
This small collection consists of one letter written by Louisa May Alcott, one letter written on her behalf by her London publisher, one inscribed photographic portrait, and one page from the manuscript of the novel,
Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888
Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888--Correspondence
Novelists, American--19th century--Correspondence
American literature--19th century
Restrictions: There are no access restrictions on this collection.
Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Louisa May Alcott Collection, [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 George Rugg. Finding aid 2014, by Kenneth Kinslow.
Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) is the American writer best known for her novel
Because she wrote such books as
The collection includes 4 items: 1 letter written by Louisa May Alcott; another letter written on her behalf by her London publisher, an inscribed photograph, and finally a page from the manuscript for the novel
Materials are arranged one item per folder.
The primary collections of Louisa May Alcott's papers are at the Houghton Library at Harvard; the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Massachusetts; the Boston Public Library; and the Clifton Waller Barrett Library, Manuscript Division, at the University of Virginia.
- Letter. Louisa May Alcott, n.p., to "Dear Miss Warren," n.p., n.d.
Folder 1 (MSN/MN 3010-1).
ALS, 2 pages on 1 folded sheet.
Folder includes a typed transcription of the original letter, the script of which is slightly faded.
- Letter. Sampson Low Marston Company, London, to Roberts Brothers, Boston, 1887 April 23.
Folder 2 (MSN/MN 3010-2).
ALS, 3 pages on 1 folded sheet.
This letter sent on behalf of Louisa May Alcott by her London publisher has reference to a Canadian edition of
- Photograph. Louisa May Alcott, 1887 December 31.
Folder 3 (MSN/MN 3010-3).
1 b/w print, 4 x 3 in. on 9 x 6.5 in.
Credit: A. W. Elson Co. Boston.
This studio portrait is inscribed: "I am quite chipper and hope soon to be let out for a holyday [sic]. Your old friend L. M. Alcott." The person to whom Alcott gave the picture is not known.
- Manuscript leaf. Louisa May Alcott, 1879.
Folder 4 (MSN/MN 3010-4).
AMs, 1 page on 1 sheet.
This single leaf is from a holograph manuscript of
Jack and Jill: A Village Story, which was first serialized in St. Nicholasand then published in book form in the fall of 1880. Since leaves of this same manuscript are included in other library collections and sometimes appear on dealer websites, Alcott scholars believe that the manuscript was broken up and its leaves sold piecemeal. The text itself comes from Chapter 8, entitled "Merry and Molly," with only one minor discrepancy between the manuscript page and the serialization as well as the first book edition.