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Caroline Ticknor collection of American authors and publishers

 Collection — Box: BW 27, Folder: 1-2
Identifier: MSS-16488

Content Description

This collection contains forty-one letters and manuscripts by American authors and publishers from the files of James R. Osgood & Co. and its successor Ticknor & Co assembled by Caroline Ticknor (1866-1937), daughter of Benjamin Holt Ticknor (1842-1914) and granddaughter of William Davis Ticknor (1810-1864).

Many of the authors represented in this collection have related collections in the Small Library. Authors represented in this collection of letters and manuscripts are: Henry Mills Alden, Edward Bellamy, William Cullen Bryant, Edwin Lassetter Bynner, Rose Terry Cooke, Alice Durand, Edward Everett, Edgar Fawcett, Eugene Field, Mary Wilkins Freeman, Edmund Gosse, Joel Chandler Harris, Bret Harte, Lafcadio Hearn, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, William Dean Howells, Laurence Hutton, Lucy Larcom, Louise Chandler Moulton, Mary Noailles Murfree, James R. Osgood, Nora Perry, John Godfrey Saxe, Harriet Prescott Spofford, Edmund Clarence Stedman, Richard Henry Stoddard, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Benjamin Holt Ticknor, John Townsend Trowbridge, Lewis Wallace, Susan Wallace, and John Greenleaf Whittier.


  • Creation: 1862-1913


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Biographical / Historical

As a member of a family prominent in the publishing business, from childhood Caroline Ticknor knew many men and women in the literary establishment and was devoted to their work. She was the granddaughter of William Davis Ticknor, who founded Ticknor and Fields. The firm published the most successful authors of the period; directed the old Corner Bookstore, rendezvous for the intellectuals of Boston, Cambridge, and Concord at the time of their dominance in the country's cultural life; and also published the Atlantic Monthly, whose contributors included leading writers of America and England. Her father continued in the business, and Ticknor became an author and editor.

Having been educated privately, except for a year in public school and a special course at Radcliffe College, Ticknor began writing at the age of eighteen "for the fun of it." She wrote both short fiction and articles for Harper's, Century, the Independent, Cosmopolitan, the New England Magazine, and Atlantic. Although a collection of minor stories and a light satire appeared in 1896, her work as a biographer is more important.

Source: "Caroline Ticknor".


.06 Cubic Feet (Two letter sized folders )

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was purchased from The Brick Row Book Shop by the Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia Library on 12 March 2021.

Condition Description


Guide to the Caroline Ticknor collection of American authors and publishers
Initial record created by Rose Oliveira. Processing details by Ellen Welch
20 April 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library Repository

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
P.O. Box 400110
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22904-4110 United States