Thomas Wentworth Higginson additional papers, 1779-1910: Monarch of dreams

About this Collection

Higginson, Thomas Wentworth , 1823-1911
government publicationDiaries.Poems.
Collection Title
Thomas Wentworth Higginson additional papers, 1779-1910Monarch of dreams
1 linear foot (2 boxes)
Houghton Library, Harvard University
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Higgins family
United States.--African American troops--History
American literature
Spirituals (Songs)--Texts
United States--History
Cambridge (Mass.)--Social life and customs

Content Notes

These additional papers contain correspondence of Thomas Wentworth Higginson as well as of his father Stephen Higginson and other members of the Higginson family. There are compositions by Thomas Wentworth Higginson including articles about the South Carolina Loyal Regiment, poems, and a draft of Monarch of dreams. There is also a diary kept by Higginson during his army service and diaries kept by his mother describing daily life in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Finally, there are texts of Negro spirituals transcribed by Higginson, among other items.
  • In English.
  • Selected color digital images available; see finding aid.

Biographical Notes

Higginson, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts to Stephen Higginson and Louisa (Storrow) Higginson, graduated from Harvard Divinity School in 1847 and became a pastor first in Newburyport and then in Worcester, Massachusetts. He was actively involved in the abolitionist movement and served as colonel of the first regiment of African Americans in the Civil War. After the war, Higginson published biographies, essays, poetry, and histories, including Army life in a black regiment.