Back Issues of the Longfellow House Bulletin

For decades, the Friends and the National Park Service staff have worked together to publish the Longfellow House Bulletin and Longfellow~Washington Bulletin to inform visitors and members about the rich history of the House.

We make back issues of those bulletins available in PDF files to keep that information circulating. 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 Longfellow House Bulletin’s first three editors; Lang also as the first designer and producer; J. L. Bell as editor and producer of the Longfellow~Washington Bulletin; and the NPS staff for creating these resources.

  • 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.
  • Volume 15, Number 1, 2011: In honor of the site’s official new name, a look back at how the House has been presented to the public over the centuries.
  • Volume 15, Number 2, 2011: The U.S. Civil War and its impact on the Longfellow family. 
  • Volume 16, Number 1, 2012: Andrew and Elizabeth Craigie, owners of the House in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
  • Volume 1, 2013: Expert conservation of the furniture, artwork, books, and other objects in the House. 
  • Volume 2, 2014: The domestic staff who took care of the House and the families living there over the centuries.
  • Volume 3, 2017: Fanny Longfellow—wife and mother, international traveler and diarist.