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Margaret Fuller Papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 373

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, writings, photographs, and personal papers documenting the life and work of Connecticut-based author Margaret Witter Fuller (1872-1954). Correspondence contains letters with family, friends, most notably with poet and critic Edmund Clarence Stedman, and publishers. Writings includes drafts, notes, illustrations, and printed and other materials for novels, plays, poetry, and other writings, some of which appear to be unpublished. There are also photographs of Margaret Fuller, dating from early childhood to 1950, Fuller family, friends, places, and stage productions. The Photographs series features several cased photographs of Fuller's father and paternal grandfather, James Ebenezer Fuller and Ebenezer Fuller respectively. These photographs, which date circa the 1850s-1860s, include examples of early photographic processes, with ambrotypes, tintypes, and daguerrotypes, from New England area studios. Other materials in the collection include diaries, illustrations, notebooks, printed materials (annotated books), and miscellaneous manuscript material.


  • 1832 - 1956
  • Majority of material found within 1872 - 1954


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Margaret Fuller Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the estate of Margaret Fuller, circa 1950s.


Organized into four series: I. Correspondence, 1846-1956. II. Writings, 1905-1953. III. Photographs, [1850s]-1952. IV. Personal Papers, 1832-1951.

Associated Materials

Margaret Witter Fuller Papers, Archives & Special Collections, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut.


16.51 Linear Feet (38 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


The collection contains correspondence, writings, photographs, and personal papers documenting the life and work of Connecticut-based author Margaret Witter Fuller (1872-1954).

Margaret Fuller (1872-1954)

Margaret Witter Fuller, born 23 January 1872 in Brooklyn, New York, was the daughter of Captain James Ebenezer Fuller and Rebecca Phillis (Hope) Fuller. In 1874, the family moved to Norwich, Connecticut, where Margaret Fuller resided for many years. A prolific writer, she authored poems, plays, and novels. Her published works include A New England Childhood (1916), Alma (1927), and The Complete History of the Deluge in Verse and Pictures (1936). Margaret Fuller died 1 February 1954 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Biographical information taken from Dodd Research Center description.

Processing Information

Preliminary processing was done to the correspondence and writings in the Margaret Fuller papers at an unknown date. During baseline re-processing of the collection in 2010, the alphabetical arrangement of correspondence and writings was preserved in Series I and II respectively, unsorted correspondence and writings were added at the end of the alphabetical sequence in the appropriate series, and separate series were established for Photographs (Series III) and Personal Papers (Series IV).

Formerly classed as Za Fuller and Za F961 +G1.

Guide to the Margaret Fuller Papers
by Michael L. Forstrom
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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