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Louisa May Alcott papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 503

Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed correspondence of Louisa May Alcott and her sister, May Alcott Nieriker and various other family members and writers. The letters are of both a private and professional nature, and discuss social engagements, familial affairs, writing schedules, and upcoming publications. Also included are two portraits, a sound recording with transcript of a radio adaptation of "Little Women," the poem recording with transcript of a radio adaption of "Little Women," the poem "Lines to a Robin," and the short story "A Free Bed." Also included are various other writings by Alcott.


  • 1862-1888


Conditions Governing Access

Originals restricted. Photocopy 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. Permission from the Curator of Archives and Manuscripts is necessary to publish any item in its entirety.

Biographical / Historical

American poet, novelist, and short story writer best known for her classic "Little Women."


2 boxes (1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

The documents in this collection were not acquired as one unit but have been gradually collected as individual items became available at auction and from dealers between 1978 and 1991.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Existence and Location of Copies

Photocopies or originals and other materials available in Box 2. Transcription available in Box 2.


Related Titles: Free bed. Lines to a robin. Bitterest drop. Brothers. My contraband. To father. Jack and Jull. St. Nicholas.

Register of Louisa May Alcott papers
Leslie Evens
2011 October 28
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States