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Emily Dickinson Collection, 1847- (Bulk: (bulk 1924-)
7 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 0716 (LD 7096.6 x1849 Dickinson)

Abstract:
Dickinson, Emily Elizabeth, 1830-1886; Poet. Mount Holyoke Female Seminary student, 1847-1848. The collection chiefly consists of newspaper clippings, articles, books and published and unpublished papers concerning Dickinson's life and work. Also includes a letter that she wrote while at Mount Holyoke, collections of her poems, and documents relating to the Emily Dickinson International Society, a postage stamp issued in her honor, and films, music, novels, plays and poems about her.

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Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
South Hadley, MA

Biographical Note

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830, in Amherst, Massachusetts to Edward Dickinson, a lawyer and treasurer of Amherst College, and Emily Norcross Dickinson. She graduated from Amherst Academy in 1847 then attended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary for one year, 1847-1848. Benjamin F. Newton, a law student in her father's office, and Henry Vaughan, an Amherst College student, influenced her literary development by encouraging her to write. By the late 1850s, Dickinson had written hundreds of poems. She became more and more reclusive and only a few of her poems were published during her lifetime (the first edition of her poems was published in 1890). She died in Amherst on May 15, 1886, at the age of fifty-five.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Emily Dickinson Collection contains correspondence, a collection of poems, subject files, writings about Dickinson, and reproductions of photographs and other images. The bulk of this collection consists of secondary sources concerning Emily Dickinson and dating from 1924 to the present. Most of this material is written in the English language; the collection also includes writings in Japanese and other languages. Of particular note is a letter that Dickinson wrote on November 6, 1847, while she was a student at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. The letter discusses her examinations and studies, Mary Lyon and the teachers, her schedule and domestic work, and the food at the school. There are also published copies of other letters that Dickinson wrote while at Mount Holyoke in 1847-1848. The collection of poems, published in 1988, contains some of Dickinson's works translated into the Estonian language. The subject files include documents concerning the Emily Dickinson International Society, the Emily Dickinson postage stamp, and films, music, novels, plays, and poems relating to Dickinson. The writings about Dickinson consist of books, articles, newspaper clippings, and published and unpublished papers. These writings discuss a wide variety of topics, including Dickinson's time at Mount Holyoke, her health, forgeries of her poems, and the history of the one known daguerreotype of her. Several clippings also relate to the celebration at Mount Holyoke College commemorating the 150th anniversary of her birth in 1980. The reproductions of photographs and other images include a print of the 1847 daguerreotype of Dickinson, copies of portraits based on the daguerreotype and on an 1840 portrait of Dickinson and her siblings, and a reproduction of an 1848 silhouette of Dickinson and her family.

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Emily Dickinson Collection, Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley, MA.

History of the Collection


Additional Information
Contact Information
Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
8 Dwight Hall
50 College St.
South Hadley, MA 01075

Phone: (413) 538-2013
Fax: (413) 538-2370

Email Reference Form: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/lits/library/arch/forms/areq.htm
URL: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/lits/library/arch/
Language
English and Multiple languages
Sponsor
Encoding funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Series Descriptions
1847-1848
3 folders

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted

Scope and content:

This series includes an orginial letter by Dickinson written to her friend and Amherst Academy classmate Abiah Root on November 6, 1847. The letter reflects Dickinson's first experiences as a student at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary and describes her grueling examinations, studies, daily schedule, and domestic work. She writes that although she was homesick upon arrival, "I am now contented and quite happy, if I can be happy when absent from my dear home and friends." She also comments on the faculty: "One thing is certain and that is that Miss Lyon and all the teachers seem to consult our comfort and happiness in everything they do and you know that is pleasant." This series also contains copies of all of her letters written as a Mount Holyoke student as printed in "The Letters of Emily Dickinson," edited by Thomas H. Johnson and published in 1958.

1988
1 folder

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

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Unrestricted

Scope and content:

This series contains a collection of Dickinson poems translated into the Estonian language by Doris Kareva and published in 1988.

1962-
1 box

Arrangement:

Alphabetically arranged by subject

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted

Scope and content:

This series includes documents about the Emily Dickinson International Society; articles and information about a 1977 film about her called "A Certain Slant of Light;" music about Dickinson; a 1996 novel about Dickinson "I Never Came to You in White," by Judith Farr; articles and information about the play "The Belle of Amherst;" a poem about Dickinson; and information about the 1971 Emily Dickinson postage stamp.

1924-
4 boxes

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted

Scope and content:

This series consists of books, articles, newspaper clippings, and published and unpublished papers about Dickinson. Most of this material is in the English language; some writings are in Japanese or other languages. Of particular note are a series of clippings describing the celebration at Mount Holyoke College commemorating Dickinson's 150th birthday in 1980 which featured a marathon twenty-four hour reading of her poems. There is an article from the Spring 1986 "Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly" by Anna Mary Wells concerning Dickinson's experiences at Mount Holyoke and a paper entitled "Mount Holyoke Female Seminary's Unique Effect On Emily Dickinson," written in 1991 by Middlebury College student Jeannette Squires. An article by John Felix in the 1995 "New England Journal of Photographic History" discusses the history of the only known photograph of Dickinson. This series also includes "An Emily Dickinson Encyclopedia" and "The Emily Dickinson Handbook," both published in 1998, as well as articles that concern Dickinson's health and the various forgeries of her poems.

circa 1960s-
1 box

Arrangement:

Arranged by type of image

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted

Scope and content:

This series consists of reproductions of portraits and other images of Dickinson and her family. Most of these reproductions are prints and photocopies that were made between the 1960s and the 1990s. The series includes prints of the 1847 daguerreotype of Dickinson owned by Amherst College and reproductions of an 1848 silhouette of Dickinson with her family. This series also contains copies of portraits based on the 1847 daguerreotype and a of the childhood portrait of Dickinson with her siblings that was painted in 1840.

Contents List
Correspondence
1847-1848


Letter by Dickinson to Abiah Root
1847: November 6

Box 1: folder 1
11Letter by Dickinson to Abiah Root 1847: November 6
Transcripts and copies of letter by Dickinson to Abiah Root
1847: November 6

Box 1: folder 2
Dickinson's letters relating to her year at Mount Holyoke (photocopies of published letters)
1847-1848

Box 1: folder 3
Poems translated into Estonian
1988

Box 1: folder 4
Subject Files
1962-


Emily Dickinson International Society,
1989-

Box 2: folder 1
Films About Dickinson,
1977-

Box 2: folder 2
Music About Dickinson,
1962-

Box 2: folder 3
Music About Dickinson: [Twenty...songs] by Martin Kalmanoff,
1982

Box 2: folder 4
Novels About Dickinson: I Never Came to You in White by Judith Farr,
1996

Box 2: folder 5
Plays About Dickinson: The Belle of Amherst
1976

Box 2: folder 6
Poems About Dickinson,
1972

Box 2: folder 7
Postage stamp of Dickinson,
1971

Box 2: folder 8
Writings About Dickinson
1924-


1924-1935


Box 3: folder 1
1936-1970


Box 3: folder 2
1971-1976


Box 3: folder 3
1977-1979


Box 3: folder 4
1980


Box 3: folder 5
1981


Box 3: folder 6
1982


Box 3: folder 7
Emiri Dickinsun... by Michiko Iwata
1982

Box 3: folder 8
1983-1989


Box 3: folder 9
1990


Box 4: folder 1
The World of Emily Dickinson, by Polly Longsworth
1990

Box 4: folder 2
Emily Dickinson Visits Boston, by Hiroko Uno
1990

Box 4: folder 3
1991-1996


Box 4: folder 4
Emiri no shi no ie, by Masako Takeda
1996

Box 4: folder 5
>1997-1998


Box 4: folder 6
Emily Dickinson Singular Poet, by Carol Dommermuth-Costa
1998

Box 4: folder 7
Emily Dickinson Encyclopedia
1998

Box 5: folder 1
Emily Dickinson Handbook
1998

Box 5: folder 2
1999-2001


Box 5: folder 3
My Wars Are Laid Away in Books: The Life of Emily Dickinson, by Alfred Habegger
2001

Box 5: folder 4
The Dickinsons of Amherst, by Jerome Liebling (Shelved in FOLIO)
2001

Box 5: folder 5
Emily Dickinson's Marble Disc ..., by Hiroko Uno
2002

Box 6: folder 1
2002-


Box 6: folder 2
Reproductions of Photographs and Other Images
circa 1960s-


1840 Childhood portrait (reproduction)
1990

Box 7: folder 1
1847 daguerreotype reproductions)
circa 1970s-1990s

Box 7: folder 2
Portraits based on 1847 daguerreotype (reproductions)
circa 1970s-1990s

Box 7: folder 3
1848 silhouette of Dickinson with her family (reproduction)
circa 1960s-1990s

Box 7: folder 4

Search Terms
The following terms represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. Use these headings to search for additional materials on this web site, in the Five College Library Catalog, or in other library catalogs and databases.

Subjects
  • Dickinson, Emily, 1830-1886 Anniversaries, etc.
  • Dickinson, Emily, 1830-1886 Drama.
  • Dickinson, Emily, 1830-1886 Miscellanea.
  • Dickinson, Emily, 1830-1886 On postage stamps.
  • Dickinson, Emily, 1830-1886 Portraits.
  • Dickinson, Emily, 1830-1886 Societies, etc.
  • Lyon, Mary, 1797-1849.
  • American poetry - 19th century.
  • American poetry - Women authors.
  • Authors and publishers - United States.
  • College students - Massachusetts.
  • Emily Dickinson International Society.
  • Food.
  • Mount Holyoke Female Seminary - Curricula.
  • Mount Holyoke Female Seminary - Domestic work.
  • Mount Holyoke Female Seminary - Examinations - 1847.
  • Mount Holyoke Female Seminary - Faculty.
  • Mount Holyoke Female Seminary - Schedules.
  • Mount Holyoke Female Seminary - Student life - 1847-1848.
  • Mount Holyoke Female Seminary - Students.
  • Women - Education - Massachusetts.
  • Women college students - Massachusetts.
  • Women poets, American.

Genre terms
  • Letters.


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