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At a Glance
Correspondence of Emma Lazarus. While the letters are primarily of a personal nature, they also reflect both her literary career and, after the traumatic effect on her of the perssecution of Russian Jews, 1879-1883, her role as American champion of Jews. There are original autograph letters from John Burroughs, Ralph W. Emerson, Henry James, William Morris, Tommaso Salvini, and Ivan Turgenev, and twenty other prominent figures. Also, one letter from Lazarus to William Wetmore Story and the letter of her sister, Annie Johnstone, presenting this collection to Columbia University.
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You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.
This collection is located on-site.
This collection has no restrictions.
Reader must use printed copy of these letters, except for those of Henry James and John Greenleaf Whittier, which were not published.
Also PS 2234 .A45 1966
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Emma Lazarus letters; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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Ownership and Custodial History
This collection was left by Emma Lazarus to her sisters and subsequently given by them to Columbia University Libraries.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Johnstone, Annie Humphreys. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1929. Accession number--M-29.
Publications About Described Materials
Lazarus, Emma. Letters to Emma Lazarus in the Columbia University Library, edited by Ralph L. Rusk. New York : Columbia University Press, 1939.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 07/--/89.
November 2020 PDF replaced with full finding aid, YH
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical