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Andrew Tutt's Notebook Andrew T. Tutt was the first husband of Edgar Alllan Poe's cousin, Elizabeth Rebecca Herring, the woman to whom Poe originally dedicated his poem "To Eliza." Tutt… leather, paper ca. 1829
Anna Estelle "Stella" Lewis Letter to Martin Van Buren Moore In this letter written nine years after Edgar Allan Poe's death, his acquaintance, Stella Lewis, provides an unflattering depiction of Poe's mother-in-law, Maria… Letter, Sepia Ink on both sides of faded white paper September 29, 1858
Book Autographed by Edgar Allan Poe for Lousia Ann Lynch Edgar Allan Poe presented this copy of The New Gift and Juvenile Souvenir for 1836 to Louisa Anna Lynch. He inscribed the book "To/ Miss Louisa Ann Lynch/ with the… Book ca.1836
Book Autographed by Jane Mackenzie Jane Mackenzie was the sister of Edgar Allan Poe's sister Rosalie Mackenzie Poe's foster father William Mackenzie. She and her sister-in-law Jane Scott Mackenzie… book 1834
Deed for the Swan Tavern During his last visit to Richmond in the summer of 1849, he stayed part of the time in the Swan Tavern, a modest hotel that once stood near the corner of Eighth and… March 4, 1836
Edgar Allan Poe Letter to Lucy Dorothea Henry As a celebrity in his own time, Poe was occasionally asked for his autograph. This autograph was written at the request of Lucy Dorothea Henry, granddaughter of… Letter, One Page June 20, 1843
Edgar Allan Poe's Manuscript for "The Rationale of Verse" Poe attempts to explain the history of English verse in this essay, which he had trouble getting published because editors considered it too technical for the… Manuscript, One Page 1848
Father Tabb Letter Objecting to Poe's Exclusion from the Hall of Fame Father John Banister Tabb (1845-1909) was a popular poet and priest who published eleven collections of poetry and saw a number of his poems printed in the leading… Letter ca. 1905
Flower from the Tomb of Keats This pressed flower was picked from the grave of English Romantic poet John Keats (1795-1821) on October 26, 1854 and sent to Poe's Richmond friend John R. Thompson… Paper with dried, pressed flower October 26, 1854
Fragment of Edgar Allan Poe Letter This fragment was given to the Poe Museum in October 1969 by Mrs. Rosewell Page. It was once the property of her brother-in-law, Thomas Nelson Page… Fragment of Letter 1836
Frances S. Osgood Letter to John Keese Frances Osgood (1811-1850) was a poetess and close friend of Poe and his wife. Poe and Osgood addressed love poems to each other in the Broadway Journal and other… April 28, 1845
James Russell Lowell Letter to Editor of Graham's Magazine James Russell Lowell (1819-1891) was a poet and, at one point, a friend of Edgar Allan Poe. It was Lowell who first published Poe's story "The Tell-Tale Heart" in… letter August 14, 1841
John Pendleton Kennedy Letter to Lt. Samuel Larkin John Pendleton Kennedy (1795-1870) was a Baltimore novelist and senator who, after serving on the panel that awarded Poe's short story "Ms. Found in a Bottle" a… Letter, One Page October 25, 1852
John Pendleton Kennedy Letter to Thomas W. White John Pendleton Kennedy (1795-1870) was a Baltimore novelist and senator who, after serving on the panel that awarded Poe's short story "Ms. Found in a Bottle" a… Letter and envelope May 16, 1834
John R. Thompson Sonnet for Anna C. Lynch John R. Thompson (1823-1873), Poe's friend and editor of the Southern Literary Messenger, wrote this sonnet for Poe's sometimes friend the poet Anna C. Lynch… August 1850
John Sartain Letter to E. Leslie Gilliams Philadelphia publisher and engraver John Sartain (1808-1897) wrote this letter concerning Sartain's account of Poe's unusual behavior during a visit to Sartain's… April 7, 1895
Letter from A.M. Ide to John Bisco (Editor of the Broadway Journal) Abijah Metcalf Ide, Jr. (1825-1873) was a South Attleborough, Massachusetts, farmer who started writing Poe in October 1843 and who sent him poems to critique. Ide… letter August 13, 1845
Letter from Anna Charlotte Lynch to Edgar Allan Poe In this letter, dated June 25, 1845, the poet Anna Charlotte Lynch (1815-1891) asks Poe to deliver one of her poems to John Keese for his upcoming anthology The… Letter June 25, 1845
Letter from Richard Henry Stoddard Concerning Poe Poet and critic Richard Henry Stoddard (1825-1903) met Edgar Allan Poe in 1845 while trying unsuccessfully to submit poetry for publication in the Broadway Journal,… Leter, Two Pages Septemeber 24, 1872
Letter from Thomas Bolling to William Bolling Concerning William Galt This letter provides information about what Richmonders thought of Edgar Allan Poe's "Uncle Bill" William Galt, the uncle of Poe's foster father John Allan.… letter, three pages November 29, 1800
Letter from Thomas Dunn English to Edmund Clarence Stedman The writer of this letter, Thomas Dunn English (1819-1902), was at different times a friend and an enemy of Poe's. In one of the latter moments, English caricatured… letter, one page
Letter from William Fairman to John Bisco (Broadway Journal) September 26, 1845 William Fairman was a traveling representative for the Broadway Journal, a magazine Edgar Allan Poe edited and briefly owned. Fairman writes this letter from… Letter September 26, 1845
Letter from William Fairman to John Bisco (Broadway Journal) September 29, 1845 William Fairman was a traveling representative for the Broadway Journal, a magazine Edgar Allan Poe edited and briefly owned. Fairman writes this letter from… letter September 29, 1845
Letter to Edgar Allan Poe (Editor of the Broadway Journal) from A.S. Jordan This letter is addressed to the "Editors and Publishers of the B'Way Journal" by a lawyer who threatens a libel suit against the Broadway Journal for statements the… Letter October 4, 1845
Letter to Edgar Allan Poe (Editor of the Broadway Journal) from William W. Caldwell, Jr. In this letter dated October 20, 1845 and addressed to "Edgar A. Poe, esq." the writer, William W. Caldwell, Jr. of Newbury Port, Massachusetts, praises the… letter, one sheet October 20, 1845
Manuscript for "The Genius and Character of Edgar Allan Poe" by John R. Thompson This is the manuscript for a lecture on Edgar Allan Poe written and delivered by Poe's friend John R. Thompson (1823-1873). Internal evidence suggests the lecture… 43 pages, sepia ink on blue ruled paper ca.1860s
Manuscript for "To Helen" This is the only known manuscript for Poe's poem "To Helen," which Poe scholar Thomas Ollive Mabbott regarded as "the finest of Poe's lyrics." Poe dedicated this… Pencil in Album 1829-1835
Manuscript Portion of Poe's Marginalia This manuscript was written on thin strips of paper, glued end to end, as Poe was know to do. Poe would roll these manuscripts like scrolls for easy storage in his… Manuscript in Two Strips of Uneven Length 1849
Maria Poe Clemm Letter to Unknown Correspondent In his letter written a decade after Edgar Allan Poe's death, his mother-in-law/aunt, Maria Poe Clemm (1790-1871) requests financial assistance from one of Poe's… Letter December 23, 1859
Maunscript for "Siope" Later renamed "Silence," "Siope" is among Poe's earliest short stories. It took him six years to find a publisher for it. "Siope" is one of the Tales of the Folio… Manuscript 1832
Memoranda of Agreement and Prospectus for the Broadway Journal The Broadway Journal was the last of the four magazines Edgar Allan Poe edited. It was also, briefly, the only magazine Poe ever owned. In the earliest of these… ink on paper, 6 sheets December 16, 1844 and July 3, 1845
Poe Letter to Hiram Haines, April 24, 1840 This is one of two surviving letters from Poe to magazine editor Hiram Haines. Hiram Haines (1802-1841) published a book of poetry, Mountain Birds and Blossoms, in… letter April 24, 1840
Poe Letter to Hiram Haines, August 19, 1836 While working as acting editor of the Southern Literary Messenger in Richmond, Virginia, Edgar Allan Poe wrote this letter to Petersburg, Virginia editor Hiram… Letter August 19, 1836
Poe Letter to Marguerite St. Leon Loud, September 18, 1849 This is one of the last letters Edgar Allan Poe wrote before his death on October 7, 1849. In the letter, sent to Philadelphia poet Marguerite St. Leon Loud… Letter September 18, 1849
Poe Letter to Samuel Kettell This previously unpublished letter was discovered in 2005 in a private collection in Alabama. The owner was a pastor who had been given the letter years earlier as… letter, one page June 14, 1846
Poe Letter to Thomas White Shortly after Edgar Allan Poe started writing for the Southern Literary Messenger, he wrote to the owner, Thomas White, to complain that he had not been paid enough… Letter July 20, 1835
Poe's Autobiography When he was compiling his anthology, The Poets and Poetry of America, Rufus W. Griswold asked Poe to send him some information about himself for inclusion in the… Fragment of Letter May 29, 1841
Poe's Essay on Frances S. Osgood Edgar Allan Poe wrote this essay for the August 1849 issue of the Southern Literary Messenger. The subject, Frances Osgood (1811-1850) was a poetess and close… Manuscript 1849
Poe's Quotations from Milton This early manuscript contains Poe's quotations of lines from the works of Milton. The piece was given to the Poe Museum by the grandchildren of Edgar Allan Poe's… Letter ca. 1828
Poe's Quotations from Shakespeare This early manuscript contains Poe's quotations of lines from twelve of Shakespeare's plays including King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, and The Tempest. Two of the lines… ca. 1829
Poetry Attributed to Mrs. Jane Scott Mackenzie These manuscripts were part of a group of items purchased from a descendant of Edgar Allan Poe's sister Rosalie Mackenzie Poe's foster mother Jane Scott Mackenzie… Two loose pages with writing on both sides 1842
Rufus Griswold Letter to John Keese As was a practice at the time, this letter is written on mourning stationery to indicate that the writer has lost a loved one. By the time of the writing, the… Letter May 3, 1843
Rufus Griswold Letter to P.S. Lyon In this letter, Edgar Allan Poe's rival, biographer, and literary executor Rufus Wilmot Griswold (1815-1857) answers a request from a Mr. Lyon. Griswold is best… Letter October 16, 1847
Rufus Griswold's Notes on Poe Rufus Wilmot Griswold (1815-1857) is best known today as Edgar Allan Poe's literary executor who was the first to collect and publish Poe's works after the author's… Manuscript ca. 1849
Washington Irving Letter to John Randolph of Roanoke Washington Irving (1783-1859) wrote this letter to the Virginia senator, diplomat, and orator John Randolph of Roanoke (1773-1833) while the two were in London in… Letter June 5, 1822
William Mackenzie's Masonic Certificate William Mackenzie (1775-1829) was the foster father of Edgar Allan Poe's sister, Rosalie Mackenzie Poe. Though nver legally adopted by the Mackenzies, Rosalie Poe… parchment ca. 1800