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Collection on Louisa May Alcott and family

 Collection — Box: 2
Identifier: Vault MSS 503

Scope and Contents

Contains handwritten and signed letters. The letters are of both a private and professional nature, and discuss social engagements, familial affairs, writing schedules, and upcoming publications. Also included are literary manuscripts (including poetry and short stories), radio adaptations of Little Women, a photograph, a lithograph of a portrait, and a canceled check.


  • Majority of material found within 1837-1989
  • Majority of material found within 1837-1888


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


2 boxes (1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in two series: 1. Louisa May Alcott papers, approximately 1840-1989, bulk: 1862-1888. 2. Alcott family papers, 1837-1881.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

The documents in this collection were not acquired as one unit but were gradually collected as individual items became available at auction and from dealers between 1978 and 1991. Most items were purchased in this manner from Rostenberg Rare Books, New York City, operated by Leona Rostenberg and Madeleine Stern.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Rostenberg Rare Books, New York City; 1978-1991.


Western American history—Literary history (Mormon and Western American Manuscripts Collection Development Policy V.B.5.c, 2020).

Existence and Location of Copies

Photocopies of originals and transcriptions available in Box 2. Digital copy of recording available for use in the Reading Room.

Related Materials

See also Louisa May Alcott letter to Mr. Higginson (MSS 3681), John Sewall Pratt Alcott trusteeship petition (MSS SC 102), To heaven in a swing : a monodrama based on the life, letters, and journals of Louisa May Alcott (MSS SC 2366), Madeleine B. Stern papers (MSS 1486), and MSS 3953 (Madeleine B. Stern papers on Louisa May Alcott).

Processing Information

Processed; Dennis Rowley and Helen L. Warner; 1998.

Register of Collection on Louisa May Alcott and family
Under Revision
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