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John Greenleaf Whittier Collection

Call Number: YCAL MSS 986

Scope and Contents

The John Greenleaf Whittier collection contains correspondence, writings, and other papers by or relating to the nineteenth-century American poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier. Correspondence consists entirely of autograph letters, signed or initialed. Writings include autograph manuscript drafts or copies of poems and proofs, many also signed or initialed. Other papers include artistic and photographic portraits of Whittier.


  • 1831-1942
  • Majority of material found within 1837 - 1892


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The John Greenleaf Whittier Collection 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

Acquired primarily through gift from Abel Cary Thomas and Owen Franklin Aldis. For more information, consult the appropriate curator.


Organized into three series: I. Abel Cary Thomas Gift, 1832-1934. II. Owen Franklin Aldis Gift, 1844-1888. III. Material from Other Sources, 1831-1942.


0.92 Linear Feet ((4 boxes) + 1 broadside)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892)

John Greenleaf Whittier, American poet and abolitionist. Known as America's "Quaker poet," Whittier was a prolific writer who produced more than forty volumes of poetry and prose during his lifetime. Summary information is available in the standard print and online biographical resources.

Processing Information

Former call numbers: Za Whittier, Uncat Za File 449-450, Uncat Za File 491, Uncat Za File 650-653

Guide to the John Greenleaf Whittier Collection
by Beinecke staff
November 25, 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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