Answered By: Deborah Kelley-Milburn
Last Updated: Jul 31, 2015     Views: 156

You can view high-resolution images of Dickinson manuscripts on the Emily Dickinson Archive.

Dickinson’s very fragile poems and letters in Houghton are restricted, but we provide access to digital versions attached to the finding-aids and make photostat copies available to readers in the Reading Room. A facsimile edition of her fascicles is also available: The Manuscript Books of Emily Dickinson: A Facsimile Edition. 2 vols. Ed. R. W. Franklin (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1981). Her Herbarium has been published by Harvard University Press and digitized. In rare cases where the nature of a scholar’s work requires seeing some of the original manuscripts, application must be made to the Curator of Modern Books and Manuscripts for permission to work with individual items.

The books from the Dickinson family library are also fragile, and access to them is only by permission of the Curator of Modern Books and Manuscripts. Keep in mind that unrestricted copies of the same editions can often be found in the general Houghton collection. To see a complete list of the books in the Dickinson family library in HOLLIS, choose Search Type = Other Call Number and then Search for = EDR (EDR indicates an item in the Emily Dickinson Room at Houghton). There is also a finding aid in OASIS that details the contents of the Dickinson family library.

Dickinson family papers (i.e. manuscripts other than those in the hand of Emily Dickinson) are not restricted. Readers may see them without prior curatorial approval.

The Emily Dickinson Room in Houghton, where most of the Dickinson books, as well as furniture and other objects from the Dickinson family are on display, is shown to visitors regularly on Friday at 2:00 pm and at other times by appointment.

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