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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.

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.

Majority of material found within 1837 - 1892
0.92 Linear Feet ((4 boxes) + 1 broadside)
Related Names
Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892
Language of Materials