Letters online

Sites are listed alphabetically by last name of collection / writer(s). Click the accompanying picture to access the main website under discussion.

The Adams Family Collection

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Letters date: collection as whole spans 1639 to 1889
The Massachusetts Historical Society has a FABULOUS site offering all the diaries and letters of Abigail Adams (my favorite among the group), John Adams, and their family.

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The Boswell Collection

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Letters date: 18th-19th century
Beinecke Library’s FABULOUS site features images of Yale’s extensive Boswell Collection.

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The Browning Letters

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Letters date: 1830s-1880s
Like Yale (Boswell, above) Baylor University offers online their “unparalleled collection” of letters to and from Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Even worthy of a “Flicks Picks” entry.

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Leigh family papers

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Letters date: 17th to 19th century
From Huntington Library’s acquisition of the “Leigh Papers” (related to Jane Austen) is fully digitized.

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letters of Sophia Robertson

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Letters cover: 1811-1812

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Walter Scott correspondence

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Letters cover: 1787-1832
E-text site; Grierson’s volumes (without the notes) form the basis of this site.
The Millgate Union Catalogue, though without letter text, is “the” site for seeking information about correspondence to & from Scott.

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William Henry Fox Talbot correspondence

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Letters cover: 1800-1877

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Philip William’s letters

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Letters cover: 1760-1790
Formed the basis of Barry Shurlock’s book The Speaker’s Chaplain & the Master’s Daughter (NB: I got my copy via mail from P&G Wells, Winchester, England)

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