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Louisa May Alcott papers, approximately 1840-1989, bulk: 1862-1888

Identifier: Vault MSS 503 Series 1

Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence with family, friends, and others about Louisa May Alcott's writing and publishing work, daily life, family events and struggles, housing and finances, travel, etc. Writings include two poems, two short stories, and manuscript fragments of two novels, as well as a radio adaptation of Little Women (4 parts). Also includes a cancelled check signed by Alcott, and two photocopies of portraits made near the end of Alcott's life. Materials dated approximately 1840 to 1989 (bulk of materials dated 1862 to 1888). Although many of Louisa May Alcott's letters are not dated, approximate dates are derived from the content of each letter.


  • approximately 1840-1989
  • Majority of material found within 1862-1888


Conditions Governing Access

Originals restricted. Photocopies available for public use.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright of this collection rests with the Estate of Theresa W. Pratt and the Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish any item in its entirety must be obtained from Reference Services at


39 folders

Language of Materials



Arranged in three subseries: 1. Louisa May Alcott correspondence, 1862-1888. 2. Louisa May Alcott writings, approximately 1840-1989 (bulk 1867-1888). 3. Louisa May Alcott portraits, approximately 1886.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital copy of recording available for use in the Reading Room.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States