Back Issues of the Longfellow House Bulletin

We are pleased to make the Longfellow House Bulletin available on the web (in PDF files) because its contents include essays on topics of interest to a wider audience. The Bulletin also documents the National Park Service’s stewardship of the house and the efforts of the Friends to support and supplement these efforts. Every issue contains a profile of a person important to the House.

The Friends are indebted to Ruth Butler, Marilyn Richardson, and Glenna Lang, the Bulletin's first three editors; Lang also as its designer since the beginning; and Jim Shea of the NPS staff for making the Bulletin possible. The Bulletin is published by the Friends and distributed by the Longfellow House–Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site.

  • Volume 1, Number 1, 1996: Founding of the Friends and the Bulletin.
  • Volume 1, Number 2, 1997: Longfellow House archives, the poet's son Charles Longfellow's years in Meji Japan, the poet's daughter Alice Longfellow as preservationist at Longfellow House and Mount Vernon.
  • Volume 1, Number 3, 1997: Alice Longfellow's historic garden, archeological findings.
  • Volume 2, Number 1, 1998: Laura Bridgman poem comes to light, Longfellow House's photographic collection, the Scandinavian collection.
  • Volume 2, Number 2, 1998: Nineteenth-century women artists at the Longfellow House.
  • Volume 3, Number 1, 1999: George and Martha Washington's period at the Longfellow House.
  • Volume 3, Number 2, 1999: Replicas of the house in various parts of the country, the poet’s grandson Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Dana's finding aid published by the Longfellow House archives.
  • Volume 4, Number 1, 2000: Double issue: George Washington's residency 225 years ago, Phillis Wheatley's poem for Washington in Cambridge, Longfellow's homage to the Washington memory, Dana Papers finding aid.
  • Volume 4, Number 2, 2000: Longfellow House's Brazilian connection, the poet’s brother Samuel Longfellow's stay in the Azores.
  • Volume 5, Number 1, 2001: Double Issue: Considerations and reconsiderations of The Song of Hiawatha.
  • Volume 5, Number 2, 2001: "A House May Hold a World"—archeological findings.
  • Volume 6, Number 1, 2002: House reopens after three-year rehabilitation, its preservation history, Longfellow and music.
  • Volume 6, Number 2, 2002: Longfellow and Dante, glass-plate negatives discovered in the archives.
  • Volume 7, Number 1, 2003: New research on the pre-Longfellow occupants, the black and white Vassalls, the Vassalls and New England slavery, Washington's changing views about having black soldiers in the army.
  • Volume 7, Number 2, 2003: Longfellow the translator/Longfellow in translation, Charley Longfellow's "Japanese Room," the Longfellow House archives.
  • Volume 8, Number 1, 2004: Charles Calhoun’s new biography of Longfellow, the Longfellow family and education, Harry Dana's early 20th century Russian photographs.
  • Volume 8, Number 2, 2004: Charley Longfellow's collection of Japanese art and furnishings, the Thorpe collection of glass-plate negatives printed, the Longfellows as collectors.
  • Volume 9, Number 1, 2005: Garden Issue: information about the progress of the capital campaign and the initial plantings.
  • Volume 9, Number 2, 2005: Children in the house then and now, Christoph Irmscher's new book, Longfellow Redux.
  • Volume 10, Number 1, 2006: The Rev. Samuel Longfellow, the poet’s younger brother, and his role as Unitarian reformer.
  • Volume 10, Number 2, 2006: Longfellow and slavery, the House’s Underground Railroad connection.
  • Volume 11, Number 1, 2007: Longfellow Bicentennial, Centenary birthday celebrations, musical settings of Longfellow's poetry.
  • Volume 11, Number 2, 2007: Special issue celebrating the completion of the cataloging of the Longfellow House archives.
  • Volume 12, Number 1, 2008: The historic preservation movement and the Longfellow family; William Sumner Appleton, founder of SPNEA; interview with Prof. Melanie Hall.
  • Volume 12, Number 2, 2008: 250th anniversary of Vassall-Craigie-Longfellow House: the reputed architect, Georgian houses around Boston, 18th-century Brattle Street; Harvard students use collections; interview with Prof. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.
  • Volume 13, Number 1, 2009: Longfellow pets; family programs at the House; interview with Susan Moynihan, school librarian.
  • Volume 13, Number 2, 2009: Sesquicentennial of “Paul Revere’s Ride”: new research on the poem, interview with scholar Charles Bahne.
  • Volume 14, Number 1, 2010: Longfellow House’s connections to Thailand, past & present; interview with Cholthanee Koeojna.
  • Volume 14, Number 2, 2010: Charles Sumner—his boyhood in a multiracial Boston neighborhood, his career as an abolitionist Senator, and his close friendship with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.