Houghton MS Am 910

Title Miss Rebecca Story's Book
Archive Houghton Library
Call Number Houghton MS Am 910
Complete Yes

Rebecca Story Porter, 1796–ca. 1803.

17 poems.

Seemingly a schoolgirl's book, including a list of students at Mr. Woodbridge Academy, with the addition of a personal poem about her brother's death at the end. 

Format Quarto
Book Size 23.5cm x 19 cm
Filled Page Count 19 leaves
Item Count 19
Poem Count 17
First Line Index No
Digitized Yes
Additional Genres List of names
Print Sources
Major Themes

Major themes prominent among the manuscript contents in alphabetical order.

Minor Themes

Other themes of interest among the manuscript contents in alphabetical order.


Houghton MS Am 910.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, https://mvm.dhil.lib.sfu.ca/manuscript/367. Accessed .

Created 2020-04-23 3:50:07 PM
Updated 2023-07-25 11:16:52 AM
Feature Note
Author attributions

Rare; only four items.

Pre-bound paperbook. Blanks; addition of final items presumably at a later date. 
Bound in quarter green cloth with marbled paper boards.

Single, though one paragraph at the top of p. 4 is in another hand.

Indications of use

Includes a list of names of female students at Mr. Woodbridge Academy in 1796, which suggests this book was made while Story was a student at the academy. Perhaps created as a school exercise.

The personal poem about her brother's death at the end could suggest the book fell out of use for awhile, or perhaps she intended to end the volume with a tribute to Isaac.

Item formatting

Double lines between some items.

Single or double lines under some titles. 

Original poetry

Yes, includes poetry by the compiler, including a poem on the death of her brother, Isaac Story.

Ownership mark


Harvard College Library bookplate says “Folsom Papers/ Gift of C.H. Taylor.”

Title page

Yes: “Rebecca Story’s Book,” and “Mrs. Rebecca Story Porter.”