James Russell Lowell Papers

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James Russell Lowell papers
Creator: Lowell, James Russell, 1819-1891
Call Number: A.L913
Dates: 1838-1902
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Related Materials
Collection Overview
Title: James Russell Lowell papers
Creator: Lowell, James Russell, 1819-1891
Call Number: A.L913
Dates: 1838-1902
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
James Russell Lowell (1819-1891), author, educator and diplomat.

Scope and Content
The Collection consists of letters written by Lowell and a bound volume entitled The Day of Small Things. The volume contains two of Lowell's poems written in his hand: The Day of Small Things (later published under the title "To William Lloyd Garrison"), and possibly the first and only draft of "Letter from Boston" which describes the Boston Anti-Slavery Bazaar held in December of 1846. Bound with the poems are portraits and manuscript letters of the abolitionists Lowell wrote about in "Letter from Boston": William Lloyd Garrison,, Marie Weston Chapman, Eliza Lee Follen, Edmund Quincy, Wendell Phillips, Parker Pillsbury, Stephen S. Foster, and Abigail Kelley Foster. Also bound in the volume are one letter from Lowell to William Lloyd Garrison and two letters to Frances Jackson Garrison.

Other Lowell letters in the Collection are written to Henry Mills Alden, James Ripley Osgood, Mrs. Phoebe (Garnaut) Smalley, Theodore Tilton, and Henry Warren Torrey. There is also one letter written by Charles Lowell, James Russell Lowell's father, and the commencement program from Harvard University for 1838, which lists Lowell's name amongst the graduates.

All letters have been indexed.

Subject(s):
Abolitionists
Correspondence
Poetry
Lowell, James Russell, 1819-1891
Authors, American
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The bound volume, Day of Small Things, and the Harvard commencement program were the gift of Edward G. Miner. The Lowell letters to Henry Warren Torrey were the gift of Robert F. Metzdorf, 3/16/68; the Lowell letter to Henry Mills Alden was purchased from Mary Benjamin, 7/2/71; the Lowell letter to Mr. Bowker was purchased from Winifred Myers, 12/27/49; the source of the other letters is unknown.Access
The James Russell Lowell papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], James Russell Lowell papers, A.L913, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
Books in Rare Book Collection with Lowell autograph: 1. Lowell., James Russell. Among my books. Boston, Fields., Osgood, and Co., 1870. "M.B. Anderson. Jan. 9,/89." written in Anderson's hand below. 2. Lowell., James Russell. Class poem. Cambridge: Mass., Cambridge Press: Metcalfe, Torry, and Balloul 1838. "Professor Pierce with the respects of the author" written in Lowell's hand on the cover. 3. Lowell., James Russell. The poetical works. Boston., Ticknor and Fields., 1858. "J.R. Lowell. Cambridge, 13th Nov. 1863. Written as an autograph for Miss Gertrude Colton" written in Lowell's hand on fly-leaf. 4. More., Henry. Philosophical poems. Cambridge, Printed by Roger Daniel, printer to the University, 1647. "J.R. Lowell. Jany. 1842" Written in Lowell's hand on inside front cover.


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