Manuscripts and manuscript fragments, journals and a commonplace book: approximately 35 items; Outgoing correspondence: 32 letters; Incoming and related correspondence: approximately 80 items.
2.6 linear ft. (ca. 80 items)
Highlights of the collection include an important portion of the "Ktaadn" section of The Maine Woods; "Nature and Bird Notes, " a journal kept by Henry, John and Sophia Thoreau with leaves, grass and wild flowers laid in; and Thoreau's famous letter to his brother addressed to Sachem Hopeful of Hopewell and signed Tahatawan. The Berg also has a daguerrotype of Thoreau ("my friends think [it] is pretty good though better looking than I"), a pencil made by him (his father's company manufactured them), and an original pencil map of Walden Pond.