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A collection devoted to the history of women and particularly strong in 19th century books by and about women, presented to the Library by Colonel Thomas Wentworth Higginson (1823-1911) of Cambridge in 1896. As there was no similar collection in any library, Higginson desired this to be the nucleus of a collection on the history of women. Since 1900, $100 a year was received from Andrew Carnegie up to Colonel Higginson’s death in 1911 for additions to the collection, which now has more than 4,000 volumes. The collection also contains manuscript material featuring the work of Emily Dickinson.

For more information please contact:
Rare Books & Manuscripts Department
McKim Building, 3rd Floor
Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
617-536-5400, ext. 2225