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Harriet Elizabeth Prescott Spofford Collection, 1862-1920
1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 252

Abstract:
Author, Poet. Letters, manuscript poems and print materials related to Harriet Prescott Spofford. Also included in the collection are letters and literary manuscripts of Richard Smith Spofford.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Mortimer Rare Book Room.

Restrictions on use:

The Harriet Elizabeth Prescott Spofford Collection is the physical property of the Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors of the works or their legal representatives.

Mortimer Rare Book Room
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Harriet Elizabeth Prescott was born in Calais, Maine, on April 3, 1835. She moved with her parents to Newburyport, Massachusetts, in 1849 where she attended the Putnam Free School. She also attended the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, New Hampshire (1853-1855). When her parents became infirm and the family's finances problematic, Prescott started to write. With encouragement from Thomas W. S. Higginson, her stories appeared in the Boston newspapers and later in the Atlantic Monthly. Her first novel, Sir Rohan's Ghost, appeared anonymously in 1860. Other novels followed and her work (poems, essays, stories and travel writings) appeared in the Atlantic, Scribner's, Century and other leading magazines of the day.

In 1865 she married Richard Smith Spofford, Jr. (1833-1888), a Boston lawyer and sometime author. They resided on Deer Island, Amesbury, Massachusetts. Harriet Spofford continued to write and travel. It is at the Deer Island home that she died on August 14, 1921.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Harriet Elizabeth Prescott Spofford Collection consists of .5 linear feet of letters, manuscript poems and print materials related to Harriet Prescott Spofford. Also included in the collection are letters and literary manuscripts of Richard Smith Spofford.

SERIES I. LETTERS: This series contains letters written by Harriet Elizabeth Prescott Spofford to various individuals. It is arranged in chronological order.

SERIES II. WRITINGS: This series contains a number of manuscripts of Spofford's poems.

SERIES III. PRINT MATERIALS: This series contains some printed advertisements.

SERIES IV. RICHARD SMITH SPOFFORD: This series contains letters and manuscripts by Richard Smith Spofford, husband of Harriet Elizabeth Prescott Spofford, as well as print materials.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Mortimer Rare Book Room.

Restrictions on use:

The Harriet Elizabeth Prescott Spofford Collection is the physical property of the Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors of the works or their legal representatives.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Harriet Elizabeth Prescott Spofford Collection, Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College.

History of the Collection

The Harriet Elizabeth Prescott Spofford Collection was initially created from gifts by John Lancaster in memory of Ruth Mortimer (Smith College Class of 1953) in 1994-1995, and is added to with purchases by the Mortimer Rare Book Room.

Accruals:

Collection is added to periodically with purchases by the Mortimer Rare Book Room.

Processing Information

Processed by Melvin Carlson, Jr., 2007


Additional Information
Contact Information
Mortimer Rare Book Room
William Allan Neilson Library
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2906
Fax: (413) 585-2904

Email: mrbr@smith.edu
URL: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/rarebook
Language
English

Contents List
SERIES I. LETTERS



Letter to James T. Fields, Newburyport, [Mass.],
1864 Mar 29

Box 1: folder 1
Letter to A. A. Hill, Newburyport, Mass.,
1864 Dec 29

Box 1: folder 2
Letter to Thanton Marble, Washington, D.C.,
[1868?] Mar 26

Box 1: folder 3
Letter to Henry R. Howland, Newburyport, Mass.,
1868 Aug 31

Box 1: folder 4
Letter to Scribner & Co., Newburyport, Mass.,
1872 Jul 27

Box 1: folder 5
Letter to A. G. Constable, Newburyport, Mass.,
1874 Oct 29

Box 1: folder 6
Letter to "My dear Sir," Newburyport, Mass.,
1885 Nov 18

Box 1: folder 7
Letter to "My dear Sir," Newburyport, Mass.,
1887 Nov 4

Box 1: folder 8
Letter to "My dear Sir," Newburyport, Mass.,
1887 Jul 29.

Box 1: folder 9
Letter and envelope to Rossiter Johnson, Boston, Mass.,
1892 Apr 7

Box 1: folder 10
Letter to Charles T. Scott, Boston, Mass.,
1894 Feb 23

Box 1: folder 11
Letter to Mr. Brown, Boston, Mass.,
1894 Mar 24

Box 1: folder 12
Letter to Mr. Brown, Newburyport, Mass.,

[With draft of poem, "Flag Song." to be sung to air: Yankee Doodle.]

1894 May 24.

Box 1: folder 13
Letter to Mr. Beusel, Newburyport, [Mass.],
[19--] Feb 2

Box 1: folder 14
Letter to "My dear editors," Newburyport, [Mass.],
[19--] Sep 5

Box 1: folder 14.1
Letter to Laura A. Brown, Boston, [Mass.],
1900 Jan 25

Box 1: folder 15
Letter to "My dear Sir," Deer Island, near Newburyport, Mass.,
1902 Jun 25

Box 1: folder 16
Letter to Mrs. Huchel, Rome, Italy,
1904 Apr 14

Box 1: folder 17
Letter to Mrs. Beal, Deer Island, near Newburyport, [Mass.],
1913 May 28

Box 1: folder 18
Letter to Miss Adams, Boston, Mass.,
1919 Feb 3

Box 1: folder 19
SERIES II. WRITINGS



Holograph of poem: The Stern Chase, signed,
1874 Aug 19

Box 1: folder 20
Holograph of poem, signed,

[Opening line reads: "Just come from heaven …"]

n.d.

Box 1: folder 19
Holograph of poem: Christmas, unsigned,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 22
Holograph of poem, signed,

[Opening line reads: "Other barks the sunny reaches …"]

1861 Aug 3.

Box 1: folder 23
Holograph of poem, signed,

[Opening line reads: "A thousand perfumes …"]

n.d.

Box 1: folder 24
Holograph of poem, signed,

[Opening line reads: "When a soul that shines both strong and sweet …"]

n.d.

Box 1: folder 25
Holograph signature,

[Fragment of a letter.]

n.d.

Box 1: folder 26
Signed receipt,

[Boston, [Mass.], to Messrs. Tichnor & Fields. Receipt for an advancement.]

1862 Mar 11.

Box 1: folder 27
Holograph of poem, unsigned,

[Opening line reads: "Come, little April winds …"]

n.d.

Box 1: folder 28
SERIES III. PRINT MATERIALS



Advertisement for Youth's Companion,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 29
Advertisement for Youth's Companion: "Announcement of Youth's Companion for 1877." List of authors including Harriet P. Spofford.,
1877

Box 1: folder 30
SERIES IV. RICHARD SMITH SPOFFORD



Letter of R. S. Spofford to Mrs. Spaulding,
1862 Aug 29

Box 1: folder 31
Letter of R. S. Spofford to James T. Brady, New York, N.Y.,
1867 Nov 15

Box 1: folder 32
Letter of R. S. Spofford to Dr. Jeremiah Spofford, London, [England],
1873 Nov 7

Box 1: folder 33
Letter and envelope of R. S. Spofford to Edwd. S. Mosely, Washington, D.C.,
1884 Mar 3

Box 1: folder 34
Letter of R. S. Spofford to Mr. Wallace, Washington, D.C.,
1884 Mar 3

Box 1: folder 35
Letter (dictated) of R. S. Spofford to Apphia Spofford, Boston, [Mass.],
1887 Dec 28

Box 1: folder 36
Holograph of poem: The Factory Bell, signed with initials,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 37
Holograph of poem: The loves of Orpheus and Eurydices, unsigned,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 38
Holograph of poem: Night, unsigned,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 39
Holograph of speech for New Year's, unsigned,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 40
Printed broadside of poem: The Shame of the Virginius,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 41

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Subjects
  • American literature-19th century-Biography-Sources
  • Spofford, Harriet Elizabeth Prescott, 1835-1921
  • Spofford, Richard Smith, 1833-1888
  • Women authors-19th century-Biography-Sources

Contributors
  • Spofford, Richard Smith, 1833-1888


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