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Henry David Thoreau Papers, 1837-1917 bulk (1837-1860)

Collection Data

Highlights of the collection include an important portion of the "Ktaadn" section of The Maine Woods; "Nature and Bird Notes, " a journal kept by Henry, John and Sophia Thoreau with leaves, grass and wild flowers laid in; and Thoreau's famous letter to his brother addressed to Sachem Hopeful of Hopewell and signed Tahatawan. The Berg also has a daguerrotype of Thoreau ("my friends think [it] is pretty good though better looking than I"), a pencil made by him (his father's company manufactured them), and an original pencil map of Walden Pond.
Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862 (Author)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1837 - 1917
Library locations
Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature
Shelf locator: Berg Coll MSS Thoreau
Transcendentalism (New England)
Nature study
Content: Manuscripts and manuscript fragments, journals and a commonplace book: approximately 35 items; Outgoing correspondence: 32 letters; Incoming and related correspondence: approximately 80 items.
Funding: Digitization was made possible by a lead gift from The Polonsky Foundation.
Physical Description
Extent: 2.6 linear ft. (ca. 80 items)
Type of Resource
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b15520476
MSS Unit ID: 19098
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 0b400790-c6bb-012f-4f54-58d385a7bc34
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