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Albert Edgar Lownes collection on Henry David Thoreau (Ms.80.1)

Brown University Library

Box A
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
Telephone: Manuscripts: 401-863-3723; University Archives: 401-863-2148
Email: Manuscripts: hay@brown.edu; University Archives: archives@brown.edu

Inventory

Series 1. Correspondence, 1838-1860
6.0 folders
Letters in folders 1-6 have been published in The Correspondence of Henry David Thoreau, edited by Walter Harding and Carl Bode. New York: University Press, 1959. Page numbers are included.

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folder 1 Thoreau, Henry David to Thoreau, John
Concord, MA

4.0 pages
Contents Note: Thoreau writes to his brother John Thoreau about life at the private school he had opened in Concord, Mass., the previous month.

Correspondence, page 27.

Accession Number: A55872(3)
Genre: autograph letter signed, with stampless cover
Location of copies: Existence and Location of Copies noteIncludes a photostat copy.

Names:
Thoreau, Henry David
Thoreau, John

1838 Jul 8
Box 1, Folder 2 Thoreau, Henry David to Vose, Henry
Concord, MA

4.0 pages
Contents Note: Thoreau writes to Henry Vose discussing certain items of local news in Concord, including the endeavors of his sisters in Roxbury.

Correspondence, page 95.

Accession Number: A55872(4)
Genre: autograph letter signed, with stampless cover
Location of copies: Existence and Location of Copies noteIncludes a photostat copy.

Names:
Thoreau, Henry David
Vose, Henry

1843 Apr 11
Box 1, Folder 3 Thoreau, Henry David to Dudley, E.G.
Concord, MA

4.0 pages
Contents Note: Thoreau accepts an invitation from E. G. Dudley to lecture on October 9, 1859, and states his preference for reading "Life Misspent" instead of "Autumnal Tints".

Correspondence, page 557.

Accession Number: A55872(5)
Genre: autograph letter signed, with envelope
Location of copies: Existence and Location of Copies noteIncludes a photostat copy.

Names:
Dudley, E.G.
Thoreau, Henry David

1859 Sept 5
Box 1, Folder 4 Thoreau, Henry David to Blake, Harrison G.O.
Concord, MA

8.0 pages
Contents Note: Thoreau describes his last visit to Monadnock on a camping trip.

Correspondence, page 595.

Accession Number: A55872(6)
Genre: autograph letter signed
Location of copies: Existence and Location of Copies noteIncludes a photostat copy.

Names:
Blake, Harrison G.O.
Thoreau, Henry David

1860 Nov 4
Box 1, Folder 5 Greeley, Horace to Thoreau, Henry David
New York, NY

4.0 pages
Contents Note: Greeley responds to an earlier request of Thoreau's, and discusses Thoreau's hopes that Greeley place an article for him on Carlyle.

Correspondence, page 169.

Accession Number: A55872(1)
Genre: autograph letter signed
Location of copies: Existence and Location of Copies noteIncludes a photostat copy.

Names:
Greeley, Horace
Thoreau, Henry David

1846 Aug 16
Box 1, Folder 6 Letter fragment from unidentified author to Thoreau
Athol, MA

2.0 pages
Contents Note: Letter fragment.

On verso, an autograph fragment in Thoreau's hand dated April 3, 1859 (see Series 3. Journal excerpts).

Accession Number: A55872(7)
Genre: autograph letter

Names:
Thoreau, Henry David

1858 Jan 25

Series 2. College papers, 183-?-1837
3.0 folders
This series contains personal essays dating from Thoreau's years at Harvard College, 1833-1837.

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folder 7 On what grounds may the forms, ceremonies and restraints of polite society be objected to?
4.0 pages
Contents Note: Thoreau offers his opinions on how truth, sincerity and candor are sacrificed to politeness.

Accession Number: A55872(8)
Genre: autograph manuscript signed

Names:
Thoreau, Henry David

183-
Box 1, Folder 8 The opinion of Dymond and Miss Opie regarding the general obligation to tell the truth: are they sond and applicable?
4.0 pages
Contents Note: Thoreau writes a senior essay of some unappreciated erudition.

Accession Number: A55872(9)
Genre: autograph manuscript signed

Names:
Thoreau, Henry David

1837
Box 1, Folder 9 Question: How can 1/a = A-1(-1 is superscript)?
2.0 pages
Contents Note: A mathematical proof.

Accession Number: A55872(10)
Genre: autograph manuscript signed

Names:
Thoreau, Henry David

1837

Series 3. Journal excerpts: variants or drafts, 1851-1859
The pieces in this series are characteristic of Thoreau's journal entries: long, detailed and lively descriptions of events, natural phenomena and seasonal conditions which he observed around Concord, Walden Pond, or on other trips. The excerpts date from June 11, 1851 to April 3, 1859. Included are the page and volume references from The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, 1906, for identified journal entries. All manuscripts are in autograph form.

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folder 10 Journal excerpts
2.0 pages
Contents Note: Writings, Walden ed., volume 8, pages 239, 298-299, 475.

Accession Number: A55872(11)
Genre: autograph manuscripts

Names:
Thoreau, Henry David

1851 Jun 11, Jul 11, Sep 7
Box 1, Folder 11 Journal excerpts
8.0 pages
Contents Note: Writings, Walden ed., volume 8, pages 298-301; volume 9, page 7; volume 12, page 387.

Accession Number: A55872(12)
Genre: autograph manuscripts

Names:
Thoreau, Henry David

1851 Jul 11, Sep 21, Jul 8
Box 1, Folder 12 Journal excerpt
2.0 pages
Contents Note: Writings, Walden ed., volume 8, page 373.

Accession Number: A55872(13)
Genre: autograph manuscripts

Names:
Thoreau, Henry David

1851 Aug 5
Box 1, Folder 13 Journal excerpt
4.0 pages
Contents Note: Writings, Walden ed., volume 9, pages 272-275.

Accession Number: A55872(14)
Genre: autograph manuscripts

Names:
Thoreau, Henry David

1852 Feb 3
Box 1, Folder 14 Journal excerpts
4.0 pages
Contents Note: Writings, Walden ed., volume 9, pages 275-276, 277-278, 323.

Accession Number: A55872(15)
Genre: autograph manuscripts

Names:
Thoreau, Henry David

1852 Feb 3, 4, 27
Box 1, Folder 15 Journal excerpt
4.0 pages
Contents Note: Writings, Walden ed., volume 10, pages 469-471.

Accession Number: A55872(16)
Genre: autograph manuscripts

Names:
Thoreau, Henry David

1853 Jan 21
Box 1, Folder 6 Journal excerpt
1.0 page
Contents Note: Writings, Walden ed., volume 18, page 111.

On front, autograph letter fragment from unidentified author to Thoreau, dated January 25, 1858 (see Series 1. Correspondence).

Accession Number: A55872(7)
Genre: autograph manuscripts

Names:
Thoreau, Henry David

1859 Apr 3
Box 1, Folder 16 I think of the inhabitants of the Arctic regions...
2.0 pages
Accession Number: A55872(17)
Genre: autograph manuscripts

Names:
Thoreau, Henry David

Box 1, Folder 16 At our Villages you hear the barking of dogs...
2.0 pages
Accession Number: A55872(18)
Genre: autograph manuscripts

Names:
Thoreau, Henry David

Series 4. Miscellaneous manuscripts, undated; 1837-1857
6.0 folders

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folder 17 Excerpts from "The Maine Woods"
5.0 pages
Contents Note: One page: see Writings, vol. 3, page 122.

Four pages: see Writings, vol.3, pages 90-92.

Accession Number: A55872(19),(20)
Genre: autograph manuscript

Names:
Thoreau, Henry David

Box 1, Folder 18 Autograph manuscript excerpts from "A walk to Wachusett" and "A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers"
4.0 pages
Contents Note: See Writings, vol.1, page 121 and 173; vol. 5, pages 150-151 (with this are identifying notes).

Accession Number: A55872(25)
Genre: autograph manuscript

Names:
Thoreau, Henry David

Box 1, Folder 19 Autograph poem manuscripts: Manhood
2.0 pages
Contents Note: Published in Thoreau, Henry D. Collected poems, enlarged edition. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1964, page 235.

A second poem, The moon moves up her smooth and sheeny path, is included in this manuscript.

Accession Number: A55872(23)
Genre: poemautograph manuscript
Location of copies: Existence and Location of Copies noteIncludes a photostat copy.

Names:
Thoreau, Henry David

Box 1, Folder 19 Autograph poem manuscripts: The moon moves up her smooth and sheeny path
2.0 pages
Contents Note: Published in Collected Poems, page 226.

A second poem, Manhood, is included in this manuscript.

Accession Number: A55872(23)
Genre: poemautograph manuscript
Location of copies: Existence and Location of Copies noteIncludes a photostat copy.

Names:
Thoreau, Henry David

Box 1, Folder 20 Autograph poem manuscripts: To the Comet
2.0 pages
Contents Note: Published in Collected Poems, page 88.

Accession Number: A55872(24)
Genre: poemautograph manuscript
Location of copies: Existence and Location of Copies noteIncludes a photostat copy.

Names:
Thoreau, Henry David

1837?
Box 1, Folder 21 Manuscript notebook (Memoranda)
2.0 items
Contents Note: Copies of poems by British poets; lists of names and dates of British poets. With signed autograph note by Bronson Alcott on front cover, and notes about the notebook by George S. Hellman.

Accession Number: A55872(21)
Genre: journalautograph manuscript

Names:
Alcott, Bronson
Hellman, George S.
Thoreau, Henry David

Box 1, Folder 22 Rough notes on natural phenomena
8.0 pages
Contents Note: With this is a transcript and a note by George S. Hellman.

Accession Number: A55872(22)
Genre: autograph manuscript

Names:
Hellman, George S.
Thoreau, Henry David

1851 Mar 23-1857 Feb 28

Series 5. Scattered fragments
5.0 fragments
These are tipped-in manuscript fragments found in books, all in Thoreau's hand.

Container Description Date
Wealth the approbation of man
2.0 pages
Contents Note: Autograph manuscript tipped in front cover of Writings of Henry David Thoreau, Manuscript Edition (Call #: PS 3040 Fo6a 1).

Genre: manuscript

Names:
Thoreau, Henry David

undated
Miscellaneous fragments
2.0 pages
Contents Note: Autograph manuscript tipped in front and back covers of A week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (Call #: PS 3049 A1 1849 copy 3).

Genre: manuscript

Names:
Thoreau, Henry David

undated
Proof from Thoreau's algebra book and a fragment
2.0 pages
Contents Note: Autograph manuscript tipped in B.F. Sanborn's The personality of Thoreau (Call #: PS 3053 S 46 copy 2).

Genre: manuscript

Names:
Thoreau, Henry David

undated
Four-line note
1.0 page
Contents Note: Autograph manuscript inserted at page 396 of A week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (Call #: PS 3049 A1 1849 copy 2).

Genre: manuscript

Names:
Thoreau, Henry David

undated
Autograph note
1.0 page
Contents Note: Autograph note written in back endpiece of The private journal of Captain C.F. Lyon (Call #: C 650 P 27 1821 Rare Books).

Genre: manuscript

Names:
Thoreau, Henry David

undated

Series 6. Prints
2.0 folders

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folder 23 Drawing of Thoreau
Contents Note: H.D. Thoreau as he presented himself at the door of Brooklawn, Dec. 25 1854, age 37.

Glossy print and negative film; original sketch and notes found in Thoreau, Henry D., A week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (PS 3049 A1 1849 - Rare Books)

Genre: drawing

Names:
Ricketson, Daniel
Thoreau, Henry David

1854
Box 1, Folder 24 Unsigned engraving depicting Thoreau
Genre: engraving

Names:
Thoreau, Henry David

Series 7. Clippings
1.0 folder
These either originated in newspapers on the day of Thoreau's death, or commemorated him at a later date; they are arranged in chronological order.

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folder 25 Walden
2.0 pages
Contents Note: Printed in the Commonwealth

Accession Number: A56074(12)
Genre: clipping

Names:
Dorgan, John A.

186-?
Box 1, Folder 25 Stanzas: written to be sung at the funeral of Thoreau
Concord, MA

2.0 pages
Contents Note: With a typed note by Samuel Arthur Jones

Accession Number: A56074(5)
Genre: clipping

Names:
Channing, William Ellery, 1818-1901
Jones, Samuel Arthur

1862
Box 1, Folder 25 Obituary notice
Boston, MA

2.0 pages
Contents Note: Obituary notice for Thoreau, appeared in the Boston Daily Advertiser; with a typed note by Samuel Arthur Jones.

Accession Number: A56074(6)
Genre: clipping

Names:
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Jones, Samuel Arthur

1862 May 9
Box 1, Folder 25 Obituary notice
New York

2.0 pages
Contents Note: Obituary notice for Thoreau; with a typed note signed by Samuel Arthur Jones.

Accession Number: A56074(7)
Genre: clipping

Names:
Jones, Samuel Arthur
New York Tribune

1862 May 9
Box 1, Folder 25 In memoriam: to H.D.T.
New Bedford, MA

2.0 pages
Contents Note: Printed in The Liberator

Accession Number: A56074(9)
Genre: clipping

Names:
Ricketson, Daniel

1863 Jan 11
Box 1, Folder 25 The departure
Concord, MA

2.0 pages
Contents Note: From an unpublished manuscript; printed in The Commonwealth

Accession Number: A56074(8)
Genre: clipping

Names:
Thoreau, Henry David

1863 Aug 28
Box 1, Folder 25 Thoreau
Washington, DC

2.0 pages
Contents Note: Printed in The New York Tribune

Accession Number: A56074(10)
Genre: clipping

Names:
Blood, H.A.

1863
Box 1, Folder 25 Walden Pond
MA

2.0 pages
Contents Note: Printed in The Commonwealth

Accession Number: A56074(11)
Genre: clipping

Names:
Babson, Emma Mortimer

1865 Jul 22

Series 8. Related correspondence
2.0 folders

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folder 26 Emerson, Ralph Waldo to Carr, Joanne C.
Concord, MA

4.0 pages
Contents Note: Emerson discusses his concerns for the finding and editing of a quantity of Thoreau's field notes, and the last edition of his letters.

Transcription of letter is available.

Accession Number: A56074(1)
Genre: autograph letter signed

Names:
Carr, Joanne C.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

1865 May 12
Box 1, Folder 27 Hosmer, Alfred W. to Hosmer, Ella
Concord, MA

4.0 pages
Contents Note: Hosmer writes concerning a limited edition of a Thoreau work.

Accession Number: A55872(2)
Genre: autograph letter signed

Names:
Hosmer, Alfred W.
Hosmer, Ella

1899 Dec 23

Series 9. Some works of Samuel Arthur Jones, 1834-1912
4.0 folders
Manuscripts of works on Thoreau by the distinguished Thoreau scholar, Samuel Arthur Jones.

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folder 28 Introduction for reprint of Emerson's obituary for Thoreau
Ann Arbor, MI

6.0 pages
Accession Number: A56074(14)
Genre: typed manuscript

Names:
Jones, Samuel Arthur

undated
Box 1, Folder 29 Some unpublished letters of Henry D. and Sophia E. Thoreau
Ann Arbor, MI

19.0 pages
Contents Note: Article, with notes on its reception.

Accession Number: A56074(13)
Genre: typed manuscripts

Names:
Jones, Samuel Arthur

1898 Jan 23
Box 1, Folder 30 Thoreau as a skulker
Ann Arbor, MI

10.0 pages
Contents Note: Article, with a letter of transmittal. Published in the Thoreau Society Bulletin, number 135 (Spring, 1976).

Accession Number: A56074(16-17)
Genre: typed manuscriptstyped letter signed

Names:
Jones, Samuel Arthur

1901 Nov 21
Box 1, Folder 31 Review of The Service, by Thoreau, edited by F.B. Sanborn
Ann Arbor, MI

6.0 pages
Accession Number: A56074(15)
Genre: typed manuscripts

Names:
Jones, Samuel Arthur

1902

Series 10. Miscellaneous Thoreauana collected by A.E. Lownes
10.0 folders

Container Description Date
Box 2, Folder 1 Thoreau's notebook
Contents Note: A bound photostat copy of Thoreau's notebook.

Genre: manuscript

Names:
Thoreau, Henry David

undated
Box 2, Folder 2 Thoreau's maps
3.0 items
Contents Note: Three maps which were originally used by Thoreau, including a map of the Mediterranean Sea, and nearby lands; map of the White Mountains, New Hampshire; and railway map of New England, including on verso a map of New York City.

Genre: maps
undated
Box 2, Folder 3 Thoreau printed broadsides
6.0 items
Contents Note: Three different broadsides or pamphlets reprinting works by Thoreau:
  • "Summer Song," a poem reprinted from This Week magazine (from Thoreau's "Sic Vita," first line: "Life is a summer's day...")
  • "Two extracts from the concluding chapter of Walden" and "My Prayer" (first line: "Great God, I ask thee for no meaner self..."), printed for R. Malcolm Sills, Christmas 1930 (2 copies)
  • "Life," a poem by Thoreau (first line: "My life is like a stately warrior horse...") printed at Chapel Hill for Raymond Adams, December 1930 (3 copies)


Genre: broadsidespoems
Box 2, Folder 4-5 Printed broadsides regarding Thoreau
10.0 items
Contents Note:
  • Three poems on Thoreau printed by E.B. Hill, by Louisa M. Alcott, Storm Higginson, and the latter unsigned
  • Two pamphlets, one on Thoreau's mother and the other being a reprint of R.W. Emerson's obituary of Thoreau, both printed by E.B. Hill
  • A printed letter to E.B. Hill from F.B. Sanborn dealing with a feud between the two relating to Thoreau (also see box 4 , folder 10)
  • "Walden on Trial" by Truman Nelson, a reprint from The Nation, 19 July 1958
  • "David Henry Thoreau, a Forgotten Biography" by Joseph Palmer, reprinted from the Boston Daily Advertiser, July 15, 1862
  • Catalogue to an exhibition on Thoreau at the Pierpont Morgan Library, October 3 to November 24, 1956
  • "A Plea for Walden," being a printed letter from the Thoreau Society in 1959 to help save Walden Pond from being developed


Box 2, Folder 6-8 Christmas cards
38.0 items
Contents Note: Cards sent to A.E. Lownes from: Charlotte and Raymond Adams (35 cards); Fred S. Piper (1 card); Paul W. Emerson (1 card); Bill Cummings (1 card). Many of the cards include obscure quotations from Thoreau's works.

Genre: Christmas cards
1930-1965
Box 3, Folder 1-2 Invitations relating to Thoreau
6.0 items
Contents Note: General invitations to meetings of the Grolier Club (4 items) and the Club of Odd Volumes (1 item) where Thoreau was topic of lectures to be given; also, an invitation to the unveiling of a bust of Thoreau at the Hall of Fame of Great Americans at New York University (1 item).

Genre: invitations

Series 11. Bibliographic material
4.0 folders

Container Description Date
Box 3, Folder 3-4 A Thoreau bibliography of relics, writings, Thoreauana, reviews and criticism
2.0 bound volumes
Contents Note: In arrangement similar to F.H. Allen's Bibliography of Henry David Thoreau (1908), written by unknown hands.

Genre: manuscript
Box 3, Folder 5 Correspondence found within previous two folders (Box 3, Folders 3-4) in 1956
1.0 folder
Contents Note: Two typewritten letters and one postcard from Walter Warding, secretary to the Thoreau Society to A.E. Lownes concerning a book which had been stolen previous to Lownes' purchase of it. Also, two carbon copies of Lownes' responses to Warding are included.

Box 3, Folder 6 Miscellaneous bibliographic material
Contents Note: Partial page proofs to two unidentified bibliographies of Thoreau's work, and one autograph manuscript listing "Thoreau's Works" possibly by Alfred Hosmer.

Series 12. Photographic prints and engravings
12.0 folders
Photographs and engravings of Thoreau, his associates, and his homes and family. Also included are correspondence and miscellaneous items found within this series originally, which are either directly or indirectly related to the photographs.

Container Description Date
Box 3, Folder 7 Photographs and engravings of Thoreau
17.0 items
Contents Note: Twelve engravings and photographs of Thoreau, as well as one photograph with engraving of his brother John on verso (from Thoreau Society Booklet no. 2) and another with photo of William Garrot Brown on verso (from Thoreau Society to A.E. Lownes, 28 Jul 1943). Also there is a first day cover with the stamp of Thoreau designed by Leonard Baskin, released 12 Jul 1967, featured on the front. Photograph of bust of Thoreau designed by Walton Ricketson.


Names:
Brown, William Garrot
Thoreau, Henry David
Thoreau, John

Box 4, Folder 1 Photographs and engravings of Thoreau's relations
13.0 items
Contents Note: Mrs. Minot (silhouettes of Thoreau's grandmother and her second husband); Cynthia Dunbar, Thoreau's mother (3 items); Louisia Dunbar, Thoreau's aunt (2 items); Maria Thoreau (2 items); Jane Thoreau, Thoreau's aunt (2 items); John Thoreau, Thoreau's borther; John Thoreau, Thoreau's father (2 items).


Names:
Dunbar, Cynthia
Dunbar, Louisia
Minot, Mrs.

Box 4, Folder 2-3 Photographs and engravings of Thoreau's associates
11.0 items
Contents Note: A. Bronson Alcott (with letter from Alcott to [unidentified], 30 Jan 1872); Jas. T. Fields; Calvin H. Greene; Alfred H. Hosmer; Horace Hosmer; Dr. Samuel Arthur Jones; Ann Ricketson, 1836- ; Daniel Ricketson (2 items), 1813-1892; Walton Ricketson; F.B. Sanborn.


Names:
Alcott, A. Bronson
Fields, James T.
Greene, Calvin H.
Hosmer, Alfred H.
Hosmer, Horace
Jones, Samuel Arthur
Ricketson, Ann
Ricketson, Daniel
Ricketson, Walton
Sanborn, F. B.

Box 4, Folder 4 Photographs and engravings: unidentified
3.0 items
Contents Note: Helen [ ] (1 item), and Sophia [ ] (2 items), both of whom could possibly be Thoreau relations.

Box 4, Folder 5 Photographs and engravings of Thoreau sites: General
Contents Note: "A corner in the 'Thoreau' room of the Concord Antiquarian Society"; "Thoreau's cairn" (4 items), on verso of one is note from [unidentfied] to Philip W. Freeman, residence of Thoreau's grandfather, built "by him", 1770; Thoreau's grave.

Box 4, Folder 6 Photographs and engravings of Thoreau sites: Concord, MA
Contents Note: Old Wright Tavern, flyer and business card; The Colonial Inn; Merriam's Corner; Thoreau, or Alcott House (2 items); Texas House (2 items); Thoreau's home.

Box 4, Folder 7 Photographs and engravings of Thoreau sites: Walden, MA
Contents Note: Thoreau's monument; Walden Pond (2 items); Walden, drawn by James Hosmer (1880).

Location of copies: Existence and Location of Copies noteIncludes a photostat copy of the Hosmer drawing.
Box 4, Folder 8 Photographs and engravings of Thoreau sites: Miscellaneous
Contents Note: F.B. Sanborn's home; home of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Concord; illustrations for Thoreau's Collected works (10 items), with letter from Alexander Greene, 10 Jun 1930, to A.E. Lownes, with envelope; photo of Thoreau's diaries (2 items); Gowing's Swamp, from Thoreau's diary; unidentified.

Box 4, Folder 9 Photographs and engravings: related correspondence
8.0 items
Contents Note: A series of letters from either dealers or Thoreau enthusiasts regarding photographs and other Thoreau memorabilia (listed in chronological order):
  • 1897 Jun 21, H.S. Richardson to E.B. Hill
  • 1917 Jul 21, Drury S. Salt to E.B. Hill
  • 1917 Sep 15 and Nov 26, Francis St. Allen to E.B. Hill (2 letters)
  • 1925 Jan 18, [illegible] to [Alexander] Greene
  • 1929 Nov 23 and 1930 May 1, Alexander Greene to A.E. Lownes (2 letters)
  • 1962 Mar 23, Milton Metzer to A.E. Lownes


Genre: letters (correspondence)
Box 4, Folder 10-11 Miscellaneous material stored with above
9.0 items
Contents Note:
  • Copy of a letter by Thoreau sent to Rice, 1936 Aug 5, apparently transcribed by Josephine M. Gould who has made a note at the end
  • autograph manuscript copies of several pieces by and about Thoreau which appeared in The Concord Monitor in 1862
  • typewritten transcription of two version of a poem by [F.B.] Sanborn entitled "Thoreau" fro the Boston Advertiser, 1863
  • "Thoreau's boat", a typewritten manuscript by John Albee
  • typewritten transcription from the Proceedings of the Boston Society of Natural History, 1860 Nov, including a letter by Thoreau relating to the killing of a Canadian lynx
  • page proof from Thoreau: a glimpse, "one of three copies of the 'Errata' in facsimile" to an unknown volume "printed especially for Alexander H. Greene". Attached is an autograph manuscript note by Edwin B. Hill, 1917 Dec 27
  • two envelopes addressed to E.B. Hill from unknown.


Series 13. Miscellaneous printed material relating to Thoreau
5.0 folders

Container Description Date
Box 5, Folder 1-2 Newspaper, magazine and miscellaneous clippings and circulars regarding Thoreau
Contents Note: General material either referring to or quoting Thoreau and his work. Of particular note are: a map to Concord, MA, denoting Thoreau sites (1906, H.W. Gleason); tearsheets from a book apparently on R.W. Emerson which has an issue by issue contents listing for The Dial, a journal where Thoreau published extensively, and which was edited by Emerson.

Genre: clippings
Box 5, Folder 3 Printed notices
10.0 items
Contents Note: Flyers from book and manuscript dealers all featuring material by or about Thoreau.

Genre: fliers (printed matter)
Box 5, Folder 4 Printed invitations
8.0 items
Contents Note: Printed invitations and notices all dealing with meetings and lectures primarily on Thoreau. The majority are from the Thoreau Society.

Genre: invitations
Box 5, Folder 5 Exhibition labels for a Thoreau exhibit
Contents Note: Exhibition labels used for a display of Thoreau books and manuscripts at the John Hay Library, 1944 Nov.

Genre: exhibition labels

Series 14. Thoreau relics
2.0 boxes
This series consists of pencils, a door knocker, and a door latch

Container Description Date
Box 6 Thoreau pencils
Contents Note: (1) Items acquired by Albert Edgar Lownes in 1928: Single round Thoreau pencil, sharpened, with glass-fronted wooden display case; envelope from Goodspeed's Book Shop, postmarked 7 Sept. 1928, containing printed card, "Pencil made by Thoreau", and sheet of 4 relief-printed labels for "Thoreau's improved drawing pencils …". (2) Items acquired by Albert Edgar Lownes in 1965: Bundle of 12 Thoreau pencils (round, length 6.5 in.), tied round with string and with printed label, as originally sold; in corked glass test tube; also a copy of The month at Goodpseed's, Oct. 1965, with description of the pencils on p. 3-5, headed "Walden pencil-maker. One doz. mint originals", which also refers to the single pencil and labels sold "going on thirty-two years" before (i.e. 37 years before).

Genre: Realia
Box 7 Door knocker
1.0 item
Contents Note: Brass door knocker, scallop-shell design. Ms. label attached, "Brass knocker from Thoreau's 'Texas House' Concord, Mass. From Alexander Greene." Includes bolts (of more recent manufacture?).

Genre: Realia
Box 7 Door latch
3.0 items
Contents Note: Iron thumb latch, with separate interior bar and catch. Ms. Label attached, "Latch from Thoreau's birthplace, Concord (3 pieces)".

Genre: Realia