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Edgar Allan Poe papers, 1827-1908

Summary Information

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Call No.: MS#1009
Bib ID 4079225 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849
Title Edgar Allan Poe papers, 1827-1908
Physical Description .84 linear feet (2 boxes)
Language(s) English .

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An original manuscript of "Annabel Lee" as well as a facsimile manuscript of "Epimanes" an unpublished tale, by Edgar Allan Poe. Included in the collection is an autograph album belonging to Octavia Walton Le Vert. On May 1, 1827 Poe inscribed "When wit and wine and friends have met.." in the album. In addition to the Poe inscription the album contains inscriptions by Henry Clay and by the Southern poet, Edward Coote Pinkney. Also, a daguerreotype portrait of Poe taken in Richmond shortly before his death.

The Raven Mantel, on the mezzanine above the Rare Book & Manuscript Library Reference Desk, is from the room in the Manhattan farmhouse where Poe boarded during the summers of 1843 1844 and where he wrote "The Raven". Included is correspondence of William Hemstreet, 1907-1908, then owner of the Mantel, concerning its presentation by him the the NEW YORK TIMES, Dec. 1907, when it came to Columbia. There are also three letters of 1888, when its original home where "The Raven" was written, was demolished.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

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.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Edgar Allan Poe papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number--M-59.

Raven Mantel: Source of acquisition--Hemstreet, William. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1908. Accession number--M-08.

Transferred from Columbiana (Poe/Mantel correspondence, formerly CF9/P754/Q) 07/--/87.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 08/--/89.

Subject Headings

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Autographs (manuscripts) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Daguerreotypes (photographs) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poems Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


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American literature -- 19th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
American poetry -- 19th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Clay, Henry, 1777-1852 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hemstreet, William, 1834- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Le Vert, Octavia Walton, 1810-1877 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pinkney, Edward Coote, 1802-1828 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poets, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID