Symbols Used to Identify Manuscripts

  • AThe Dickinson Collection, Amherst College Library, Special Collections [Note: Manuscripts from the Emily Dickinson Collection, Amherst College Library, are indicated by this initial and the catalog number. Leaves following the first leaf of a manuscript (or, often, the reverse side of a manuscript) are identified by the catalog number plus a letter (a, b, c, etc.). The numbers on the manuscripts at Amherst College were assigned by Jay Leyda, who arranged and described the materials while they were housed in the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C., in 1957. Leyda assigned catalog numbers first to what he understood to constitute manuscript volumes (80–95), then to what he understood to be unbound poems and poem fragments (96–540), and, finally, to those documents he considered letters, drafts, and prose fragments (541–1012). The arrangement within each correspondence is intended by Leyda to be chronological. Leyda's cataloging is very consistent. At times, however, he used more than one catalog number to distinguish among discrete texts on a given document (e.g., A 351 / 352); at other times, Leyda did not assign a catalog number/letter to the reverse side of a document; in these instances, I have added a "v" to the catalog number to indicate a reverse or verso of a leaf or fragment.]
  • BPL HiggThe Thomas Wentworth Higginson Papers, Galatea Collection, Boston Public Library
  • HThe Dickinson Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University Library [Note: The prefix H B indicates manuscripts that had special association for Martha Dickinson Bianchi; the prefix H H identifies manuscripts presented to Harvard by descendants of Dr. and Mrs. Josiah Gilbert Holland; the prefix H Higg identifies manuscripts presented by Thomas Wentworth Higginson or his heirs; and the prefix H L identifies letters formerly in the possession of Lavinia Norcross Dickinson or Susan Gilbert Dickinson or their heirs]
  • JonesJones Library, Inc., Amherst, Mass.
  • NYPLThe Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
  • PrincetonPrinceton University Library, Rare Books and Special Collections
  • RosenbachThe Rosenbach Museum & Library, Philadelphia, Penn.
  • YULThe Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University