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Louisa May Alcott letter

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3681

Scope and Contents

Letter written to Mr. Higginson declining his offer to contribute articles to a publication. Letter dated July 4th, but with no year.


  • date of production not identified


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Louisa May Alcott letter must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Louisa May Alcott (1832 November 29-1888 March 6) was an American novelist. She is best known for the novel Little Women, which she wrote in 1868.


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Custodial History

This letter was in the New York apartment of noted Alcott scholar Madeleine Stern, one of the founders of the Louisa May Alcott Collection at the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. Jan Turnquist, Executive Director of Orchard House, home of the Alcott's in Concord, Mass., came to BYU 14 July 2005 for the Louisa May Alcott Conference. Madeleine gave Jan the framed letter for her to give to Special Collections. At the Conference, Jan presented the framed letter to Jean Larsen, wife of Dean Larson, in memory of him. Jean, in turn, donated the letter to Special Collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Madeline B. Stern.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Related Materials

Additional correspondence and personal papers of Louisa May Alcott may be found in the Louisa May Alcott papers (Vault MSS 503, L. Tom Perry Special Collections).

Register of Louisa May Alcott letter
Jennifer Kim
2011 September 20
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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