Hosmer, photographer

Collecting Transcendentalism


This online exhibition consists of introductory text and four topical sections. Each section includes an essay or essays, numbered display entries (seventy-eight total), and an image for each entry. The entire exhibition may be viewed by following the links provided below. This exhibition is best viewed with a screen resolution of 1024 x 768.


Exhibition Introduction

Early Collectors and Donors:

• Elizabeth Peabody's Foreign Library: Essay First entry
• Sophia Thoreau and Her Brother's Manuscripts and Books: EssayFirst entry
• Alfred Winslow (Fred) Hosmer's Thoreau Collection: EssayFirst entry
• William Taylor Newton's Emerson Collection: Essay First entry
Key Collecting Areas:
• Influences: EssayFirst entry
• Collecting Emerson: EssayFirst entry
• Collecting Thoreau: EssayFirst entry
• Collecting Bronson Alcott: EssayFirst entry
• Collecting Margaret Fuller: EssayFirst entry
• Collecting Brook Farm: EssayFirst entry

Visual Interpretations: EssayFirst entry

Descriptive Bibliography: EssayFirst entry

Comprehensive Index



The exhibition Collecting Transcendentalism originated as a gallery display on view in the Concord Free Public Library from October 28, 2011 through January 31, 2012.  It was prepared by Leslie Perrin Wilson, Curator of the William Munroe Special Collections at the Concord Free Public Library, and Joel Myerson, Carolina Distinguished Professor of American Literature, Emeritus, at the University of South Carolina, with the assistance of Constance Manoli-Skocay and Robert C.W. Hall, Jr. of the Concord Free Public Library staff and Zella Hilton, Jeffrey Makala, and Patrick Scott at the University of South Carolina.  This online version of the gallery exhibition was adapted by Robert C.W. Hall, Jr. from the gallery display.

No image in this online exhibition may be used in any form without permission of the holding library. Each image is accompanied by a caption identifying the source as either the Concord Free Public Library (CFPL) or the Joel Myerson Collection of Nineteenth-Century American Literature at the University of South Carolina. Please contact the appropriate institution regarding permissions.


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