Check out this find that I stumbled upon today; apparently the Houghton Library is beginning to make certain family papers available for viewing.
I have always maintained that Anna Alcott Pratt was the family secretary–she was a good writer and reported clearly, accurately and with great detail all that went on within the family.
I have only read two pages so far out of the eighty-four and already there are some very frank revelations about the family dynamic.
There are links to other family papers including Bronson Alcott’s observations on his children (dated 1835), an essay by Louisa on “A Woman’s Work” and the letter Abba wrote to Louisa at Fruitlands which set then 10-year-old Louisa on her life’s mission to care for her mother to the end.
Here are links to the Houghton lists where you can see the links:
Alcott, Amos Bronson, 1799-1888. Amos Bronson Alcott papers, 1799-1888
Alcott family. Alcott family additional papers, 1707-1904
Alcott family. Alcott family additional papers, 1724-1927
Alcott family. Alcott family additional papers, 1820-1886: Guide.
p.s. I am working on the podcast re: The Summer Conversational Series – the script (and the post) is written, just need to record it! Hope to post this weekend and sorry for the delay.
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