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Louise Chandler Moulton Letters

Identifier: MSN/MN 3012

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 33 letters. Approximately, half the letters are clearly dated between 1884 and 1896; the rest appear to derive from the same period, but are more difficult to date precisely. The contents of the letters are most frequently invitations extended or accepted and brief references to publication matters and to the literature of the day.


  • Creation: 1884-1896


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Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Louise Chandler Moulton (1835-1908) was an American writer of fiction, poetry, and literary criticism. She was educated at the Troy Female Seminary and in 1855 married the Boston publisher, William Moulton. She regularly published verse, stories, and sketches in Godey's Lady's Book, Atlantic Monthly, Scribner's, Harper's Bazaar, and other magazines. She went on to publish such volumes of prose fiction as Miss Eyre from Boston and Other Stories (1889) and such books of poetry as In the Garden of Dreams (1890). At different times during her career she wrote literary columns for the Boston Sunday Herald and the New York Tribune, and she also edited the poetry of Philip Bourke Marston and Arthur O'Shaughnessy.

Moulton was also well known for the literary salons she kept. Her Friday salon in Boston was frequented by such figures as Ralph Waldo Emerson, James Russell Lowell, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Greenleaf Whittier, and Oliver Wendell Holmes. In 1876 she made her first trip to London and from that year until 1905 during the summers she maintained a literary salon there, which attracted the likes of Robert Browning, George Meredith, Francis Thompson, and Kenneth Grahame. Moulton died in Boston in 1908.


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Language of Materials



A group of 33 manuscript letters, written by Louise Chandler Moulton (1835-1908), who wrote poetry, fiction, and literary criticism. Many of the letters, for example, those addressed to Fred Holland Day (1864-1933), a publisher and photographer, deal with the literature of the day.


The collection consists of one series; materials are arranged chronologically, one item per folder.

Related Materials

The most extensive collection of Louise Chandler Moulton papers is located at the Library of Congress, and other substantial collections can be found at the American Antiquarian Society (Worcester, MA), the U. of Virginia, and the U. of Wisconsin..

Kenneth Kinslow
March, 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556