Research & Resources

The Thoreau Society has made selections from its collections, including back issues of its publications and especially significant books in the public domain, freely available at the Internet Archive.  If you would like to explore our collections in person, please contact the Thoreau Institute at the Walden Woods Project in Lincoln, Massachusetts to arrange a visit to the Henley Library (www.walden.org).

Thoreau Institute, Walden Woods Project, 44 Baker Farm Road, Lincoln, MA 01773, (781) 259-4700

Thoreau Society Collections at the Thoreau Institute:

Raymond Adams Collection

Raymond Adams (1898-1987) was a founder of the Thoreau Society and served as its first president from 1941 to 1955. His collection contains first editions, several Thoreau manuscripts, correspondence from Thoreau's contemporaries, and the Thoreau collection of Henry S. Salt, author of the 1890 biography of Henry David Thoreau.

Profile of Henry David Thoreau

Walter Harding Collection

Walter Harding (1917-1996) founded the Thoreau Society with Raymond Adams and served as editor of its monthly Bulletin newsletter for many years. He is renowned for his career-long research on Thoreau and the multitude of books and articles he published on the subject. His collection is regarded as the world's most extensive research collection on Thoreau. It  contains first editions, manuscripts, articles, pamphlets, and correspondence with leading Thoreau scholars.

Roland Wells Robbins Collection

Roland Robbins (1908-1987) discovered the remains of Thoreau's cabin at Walden Pond in 1945. His collection consists of his archaeological field notes, photographs and other related documentation.

Archives of the Thoreau Society

Established in 1941, the Thoreau Society is the oldest and largest organization devoted to an American author. Its collection represents the corporate history of the Society along with research materials donated to the Society over the years such as letters written by Thoreau as well as papers from other families who were contemporaries of Thoreau in Concord.

The Wheelwright Collection

The Wheelwright family donated five manuscripts to the Thoreau Society that includes an unpublished traced map of Cape Cod by Thoreau.

Plan a visit to the Thoreau Society Collections at the Thoreau Institute!

The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau Archives

Also known as the Princeton Edition or the Thoreau Edition, The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau is an attempt to compile a complete annotated edition of all of Thoreau's writings. Begun in 1966 by Princeton University Press, sixteen volumes have been published so far with fourteen more planned. The Society's collection contains printer's copy, galleys, and other materials related to the Princeton publications. (Visit the Archives)