A Guide to the Celia Thaxter Collection Thaxter, Celia. 6994-d

A Guide to the Celia Thaxter Collection

A Collection in the
Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature
Accession number 6994-d


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Repository
University of Virginia. Library. Special Collections Dept. Alderman Library University of Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia 22903 USA
Collection Number
6994-d
Title
Celia Thaxter Collection 1872-1894
Extent
49 items
Creator
Location
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research

Use Restrictions

See the University of Virginia Library’s use policy.

Preferred Citation

Celia Thaxter Collection, Accession 6994-d, Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library

Acquisition Information

Deposit 1967 Mar 8

Funding Note

Funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities


Item Listing

Manscripts
  • Poem, " Beethoven"
    n. d.
    AMsS, 1 p.
  • Poem beginning, "God help us to be grateful . . ."
    n. d.
    AMsS, 1 p.

    [Four line verse seeking the grace to find God's love despite life's trials.]

  • Poem, " In Tuscany"
    [Oct 1884]
    TMsS, 2 p.
  • Poem beginning, "Only thyself can harm . . ."
    n. d.
    AMsS, 1 p.

    [One verse, apparently a quotation from longer work.]

  • Poem, " Out Soldiers"
    n. d.
    AMsS, 2 p.
  • Poem, " Song"
    n. d.
    AMsS, 1 p.
  • Single line, "The sunrise never failed us yet."
    n. d.
    AMsS, 1 p.
  • Poem, " Twilight"
    n. d.
    AMs, 2 p.
Letters
  • Celia Thaxter, Newtonville, to Mrs. Houghton
    1872 Jan 2
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Regrets missing call and being unable to accept invitation; hopes to see her in Cambridge. ]

  • Celia Thaxter, Newtonville, to Dear Sir
    1883 Feb 2
    ALS, 3 p.

    [Expresses appreciation for book and note; comments on favorite poems in the volume " Daphles, " " Wife of Brittany, " " A Summer Moon, " and " Feudal Picture. "]

  • Celia Thaxter, Appledore, to [James Ripley] Osgood
    1873 n.m. 22
    ALS, 4 p.

    [Comments positively on Mr. Anthony's engravings; suggests their placement in the book; requests 100 copies for her brothers; speculates on sales.]

  • Celia Thaxter, Boston, to Miss Eliot
    1875 Dec 22
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Gives permission to use her poems; apologizes for delay in responding.]

  • Celia Thaxter, Appledore, to [James Ripley] Osgood
    1876 Mar 5
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Wants Mr. Fields advice before making selection from the Shoalsvolume; feels remote from everything; wishes her novel were written.]

  • Celia Thaxter, Shoals, to Mr. Oakes
    1877 Jul 9
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Thanks him for flattering note and newspaper article on her work; hopes to meet him soon.]

  • Celia Thaxter, Appledore, to [Hjalmar Hjorth] Boyesen
    1879 Aug 2
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Comments on his bright cheerfulness; thanks him for the charming letter.]

  • Celia Thaxter, [ Isle of Shoals], to Dr. Richard Derby
    187 , Thursday
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Invites him and his sister to visit; writes that she will paint something in his book of poems; invites Mrs. Heard in postscript.]

  • Celia Thaxter, Appledore, to Mrs Houghton
    1880 Apr 30
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Thanks her for dinner invitations; explains her delay in responding; regrets being unable to accept.]

  • Celia Thaxter, Appledore, Isle of Shoals, to [ Houghton Mifflin]
    1880 Aug 24
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Rejects "vulgar cover"; requests something simpler.]

  • Celia Thaxter, Shoals, to Mr. Baker
    1881 Aug 16
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Thanks him for vase and for his charming thoughtfulness.]

  • Celia Thaxter, Kittery Point, Maine, to [Horace P.] Chandler
    1882 Jan 5
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Comments on printer's errors in her poems, giving example for " Stardust"; considers them inconsequential as they will soon, and deservedly, be forgotten.]

  • Celia Thaxter, Winthrop House, to Mr. Miles
    1882 Oct 21
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Introduces Miss Blake who has question he is better able to answer.]

  • Celia Thaxter, Boston, to Mrs. Nixon
    1885 Oct 25
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Sends a copy of poems with photograph, autograph, and additional photo.]

  • Celia Thaxter, Boston, to Mr. Gentry
    1886 Mar 8
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Gives permission to use poems; sends photograph and signature.]

  • Celia Thaxter, Clifford [Hotel, Boston?], to Mrs. Allen
    1886 Dec 25
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Thanks her and her son for Christmas gifts; encloses note to Marion.]

  • Celia Thaxter, Appledore, Isle of Shoals, to Mr. Amery
    1887 Jun 20
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Sends pledges; requests certificates be sent; states mail arrives four times a day.]

  • Celia Thaxter, Hotel Clifford, [ Boston], to Dear Friend
    1888 Jan 20
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Asks him to return the enclosed [poem ?] if it is unwanted; understands he has "a ton of poems on hand."]

  • Celia Thaxter, Clifford [Hotel, Boston?], to [Horace P.] Chandler
    1888 Feb 22
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Thanks him for photo; comments on Mrs. Dickinson's beauty and charm.]

  • Celia Thaxter, Appledore, Isle of Shoals, to Dear Madam
    1888 Sep 29
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Gives publishing history of " Don't Sing Before Breakfast, " first printed in " Wide Awake" then in a volume of children's poems, and " Courage, " printed in Atlantic Monthlyand then in her first volume of poems; states that they are available in bookstores if she is interested.]

  • Celia Thaxter, Portsmouth, to S. S. McClure
    1890 Feb 2
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Declines invitation to write something because of poor health; encloses magazine photo.]

  • Celia Thaxter, Portsmouth, to Mr. Allen
    1890 Nov 27
    ALS, 1 p.

    [States she sent poems without accompanying letter; requests their return if they cannot be used; writes that she will try again if he would like something different.]

  • Celia Thaxter, Shoals, to Mr. Jamison
    1891 May 31
    ALS, 1 p.

    [States she has written "the gentleman from the far West" a note indicating he will find the song on page 60 of Driftwood. ]

  • Celia Thaxter, Portsmouth, to Mr. Munroe
    1891 Oct 29
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Thanks him for hospitality shown the Hassams of whom she is very fond; sends regards to Miss Phinney.]

  • Childe Hassam, New York, to Mr. Munroe, [ Lexington, Massachusetts?]
    1891 Nov 6
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Compares sea air to Lexingtonair; "votes" for Lexingtonair at present; describes frames and prices received for his work in New York; inquires about Lexingtonfriends Miss Phinney, Miss Shaw, and Miss [Grokin].]

  • Celia Thaxter, Portsmouth, to [Richard Watson] Gilder, [editor, Century]
    1893 Mar 22
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Offers piece for the Centuryto use if possible, as supporters of the [noble maid] for the Republic's emblem who want to be able to state they are quoting from the largest, most important magazine.]

  • Celia Thaxter, Appledore, Isle of Shoals, to Horace P. Chandler, Boston
    1893 Jun 7
    ALS,1 p.w/env

    [Sends copy of a piece and permission to print it if Houghton & Mifflinagree; mentions health and weather.]

  • Celia Thaxter, Shoals, to [Horace P.] Chandler
    1894 Apr 2
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Thanks him for the photograph; praises its loveliness.]

  • Celia Thaxter, Shoals, to [Horace P.] Chandler
    1894 Jul 30
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Thanks him for pictures; comments on his kindness for making them available to people who want them.]

  • Celia Thaxterto Edmund Clarence Stedman
    n. d.
    ALS,1 p.w/env

    [Introduces Ross Turner; sends regards to Mrs. S[tedman].]

Photographs and engravings
  • Celia Thaxter, head and shoulders
    1892
    Photo

    [Signed, with ANS, n. d., requesting return if not desired.]

  • Magazine photo, Celia Thaxter, seated
    1890 Sep 12
    Photo

    [With ANS, 1 page, 1890 Sep 12, stating that this is the only photograph available.]

  • Celia Thaxter, profile
    n. d.
    Engraving

    [In youth.]

  • Celia Thaxter, profile
    n. d.
    Engraving

    [Signed, older.]

  • Magazine page of The Cottage Hearth, vol. V no. 10, with engraving of Celia Thaxter, head and shoulders
    1878 Oct
    Page(incomplete)

    [Includes biographical piece.]

  • 2 photos of Celia Thaxter's cottage
    n. d.
    Photos
  • Landing at Appledore
    n. d.
    Photo
  • Celia Thaxter's parlor
    n. d.
    Photo
  • View from Celia Thaxter's garden gate
    n. d.
    Photo
Miscellaneous
  • Check
    1871 Jun 22
    Check

    [Endorsed on back.]

  • Printed booklet containing poem, " The Singer of the Sea, " by Ina D. Coolbrith
    1894 Dec
    Booklet

    [In memory of Celia Thaxter, published by the Century Clubof California. ]

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Celia Thaxter
  • Childe Hassam
  • Edmund Clarence Stedman
  • Horace P. Chandler
  • Ina D. Coolbrith
  • Richard Derby
  • Ross Turner
  • S. S. McClure
  • [Hjalmar Hjorth] Boyesen
  • [Horace P.] Chandler
  • [James Ripley] Osgood
  • [Richard Watson] Gilder

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Appledore
  • Appledore, Isle of Shoals
  • Boston
  • California
  • Cambridge
  • Isle of Shoals
  • Kittery Point, Maine
  • Lexington
  • Lexington, Massachusetts
  • New York
  • Newtonville
  • Portsmouth
  • Shoals