Emma Lazarus letters, 1868-1929 bulk 1868-1887
Scope and Contents
Correspondence of Emma Lazarus. While the letters are primarily of a personal nature, they also reflect both her literary
career and, after the traumatic effect on her of the perssecution of Russian Jews, 1879-1883, her role as American champion
of Jews. There are original autograph letters from John Burroughs, Ralph W. Emerson, Henry James, William Morris, Tommaso
Salvini, and Ivan Turgenev, and twenty other prominent figures. Also, one letter from Lazarus to William Wetmore Story and
the letter of her sister, Annie Johnstone, presenting this collection to Columbia University.