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Collection of Thomas Bailey Aldrich Materials

Identifier: ALDRICH-1

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence between Aldrich and many of his contemporaries, also a small number of manuscript items, several photographs, and three folders of clippings that document his life and work. Materials date primarily from the 1870s to the early 1900s. Some materials are undated.


  • Creation: 1857 - 1917


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials to be used on site during regular Special Collections hours or by appointment. Photocopying or scanning may be possible at discretion of staff for nominal fee. Digital cameras are permitted. Materials may be protected by copyright.

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Bailey Aldrich -- poet, novelist, traveler and editor -- was born in New Hampshire in 1836. His father's death in 1849 caused him to abandon his idea to attend college and move to New York to work with his uncle at age 16. Soon he became a constant contributor to newspapers and magazines and the intimate friend of many Bohemian poets, artists and writers. He was editor of various major newspapers and magazines in New York and Boston from the 1860s to the 1890s. During this time he was also a prolific, published writer of prose and verse. He died in Boston in 1907.


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The collection contains correspondence and other materials that document Aldrich's life and work, primarily dating from the 1870s to the early 1900s.


Materials arranged in four series: Correspondence, Manuscripts, Photographs, and Clippings.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials acquired via gift or purchase.

Finding Aid to the Collection of Thomas Bailey Aldrich Materials
Colby College Special Collections, Waterville, Maine
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Repository Details

Part of the Colby College Special Collections Repository

Special Collections & Archives (SC&A), located in Miller Library, is the college’s repository for historically and culturally -significant materials, including the college archives. Our fabulous materials range in date from the 12th to the 21st centuries and represent a wide range of formats. We fully support Colby’s academic program and innovative pedagogies through aspirational collection development, faculty and student engagement, teaching and exhibition.