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Series VIII: Ralph Waldo Emerson Files
At a Glance
This collection is arranged into 10 series.
This collection includes nine letters of Ralph Waldo Emerson as well as letters of Louis Agassiz, Amos Bronson Alcott, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, James Russell Lowell, John Lothrop Motley, Charles Sumner, and John Greenleaf Whittier. In addition, there are two incomplete manuscripts by Emerson and one document from the Liverpool Custom-house signed by Nathaniel Hawthorne as Consul for the United States. The collection also includes the corrected typescript, index, and page and galley proofs for Thomas Franklin Currier, A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES (New York, 1953) which was edited by Professor Tilton. Also, some early correspondence and photographs of the Tilton family and friends. There are letters from the actors Annie Louise Ames, Richard J. Dillon, and Hans L. Meery to Tilton's grandfather, Bernard Paul Verne, as well as photographs, tintypes, and daguerreotypes of the Verne family and friends.
1992 Addition: Her professional papers include correspondence, manuscripts, notes, and printed materials on many aspects of 18th and 19th century American literature, especially literary New England. Among her papers are files compiled in editing volumes 7 and 8 of THE LETTERS OF RALPH WALDO EMERSON (New York, 1939-1991). These files contain correspondence, card files, notes, transcripts, photocopies, book typescripts, printed materials, and other related items. There are also similar files relating to Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. and to her books, AMIABLE AUTOCRAT: A BIOGRAPHY OF DR. OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES (New York, 1947) and LITERARY BANTLINGS: ADDENDA TO THE HOLMES BIBLIOGRAPHY (New York, 1957).
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Box 1 located on-site. Boxes 2-82 and card files are located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
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.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Eleanor M. Tilton papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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Ownership and Custodial History
Gift of Eleanor M. Tilton, 1979, 1983& 1992.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Tilton, Eleanor M. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1979. Accession number--M-79.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 09/--/89.
2010-03-31 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Professor of English, Barnard College, 1959-1979, scholar of American literature, editor and authority on Ralph W. Emerson. Columbia University Ph.D., 1947.