Preliminary Guide to the Henry D. Thoreau / Lawrence Willson Collection

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Preliminary Guide to the Henry D. Thoreau / Lawrence Willson Collection, ca. 1850s

Collection number: Mss 187

Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara

Contact Information:

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Davidson Library
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93106
  • Phone: (805) 893-3062
  • Fax: (805) 893-5749
  • Email: special@library.ucsb.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/speccoll/speccoll.html
    Processed by:
    D. Tambo
    Date Completed:
    07 January 2003
    Encoded by:
    David C. Gartrell
© 2003 Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Henry D. Thoreau / Lawrence Willson Collection,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1850s
Collection Number: Mss 187
Creator: Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862
Extent: .2 linear feet (1 oversize box)
Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
Physical Location: Vault
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

None known.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

Preferred Citation

Henry D. Thoreau / Lawrence Willson Collection. Mss 187. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 1995.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection contains 8 items, mainly fragments of writings, notes, and drafts of letters by Henry D. Thoreau, acquired by UCSB English Professor and Thoreau scholar, Lawrence Willson, from diverse sources.

Related Material

The 1999 guide, "Thoreau Holdings at UCSB Special Collections," provides a comprehensive listing of UCSB printed and manuscript holdings at that time.

Collection Contents

 

Series 1.  Foldered Items

Box 1: 1

Miscellany -- 1 unused pencil, attributed by Willson to Thoreau

Box 1: 1

Natural History Notes -- botanical remarks written in pencil about plants, their uses, and the etymologies of their names, copied by Thoreau from printed sources, primarily John Loudon's Encyclopedia of Plants (London, 1836)

Box 1: 1

Walking-- full leaf, westward I go free portion

 

Series 2.  Framed Items

Box 1: 2

Note -- in Thoreau's hand, Aug. 15, 1859, signed by his mother Cynthia, authorizing payment to him of a stock dividend; transcription of information about blueberry bushes, Oct. 17, 1850

Box 1: 2

Walking -- full leaf; with draft of letter to John D. Milner, Nov. 20, 1854; draft of letter to C. B. Bernard, Nov. 20, 1854; index of topics for Life without Principle

Box 1: 3

Walden -- half leaf, re clothing, tattooing

Box 1: 3

Chastity and Sensuality -- half leaf, re lives of great men, Newton, sunset

Box 1: 3

The Service -- half leaf, re fools, arsenals