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Elizabeth Nicholson manuscripts

 Collection
Identifier: HC.MC-975-07-107

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of the two volume manuscript of unpublished poems of John G. Whittier, compiled by Elizabeth Nicholson and Sarah Lloyd. The volumes include copies of many of John Greenleaf Whittier's early poems, as well as poetry by other poets, and sketches and illustrations.

Dates

  • 1839-1843

Creator

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892) was born on December 17, 1807, in Haverhill, Massachusetts, the son of Quakers John Whittier and Abigail Hussey Whittier. He was an American poet and editor, and his first published poem, "The Exile's Departure," was printed in William Lloyd Garrison's Newburyport Free Press in 1826. He attended Haverhill Academy from 1827 to 1828. In addition to being a poet, Whittier was an involved abolitionist. He was a delegate to the Anti-Slavery Society in 1833, and a member of the State Legislature in 1835. Whittier founded the antislavery Liberty Party in 1840, and ran for Congress in 1842. In the mid-1850s, he began to work for the formation of the Republican Party; he supported presidential candidacy of John C. Frémont in 1856.

Whittier published his first collection of poems in 1837, his first authorized collection in 1838, and the collection "Snow Bound" in 1866. In 1871, he edited an edition of John Woolman's Journal. John Greenleaf Whittier died on September 7, 1892, in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire.

Extent

0.18 Linear Feet (2 volumes)

Language

English

Overview

These unpublished poems of John G. Whittier were compiled by Elizabeth Nicholson and Sarah Lloyd. The volumes include copies of many of John Greenleaf Whittier's early poems, as well as poetry by other poets, and sketches and illustrations.

Acquisition

The Elizabeth Nicholson manuscripts were loaned to Special Collections, Haverford College in 1902 by Susanna Smedley.

Related Materials

  • HC.MC.975.01.043 Lloyd family diaries
  • HC.MC.975.07.100 "Moll Pitcher: A Poem"
  • HC.MC.1228 Anna S. Cox Brinton family papers
  • The Social Lives of Poems in Nineteenth-Century America, by Michael C. Cohen. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015

Processing Information

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed October, 2015.

Creator

Title
Elizabeth Nicholson manuscripts, 1839-1843
Author
Kara Flynn
Date
October, 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

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