John Hay Library

Located at 20 Prospect Street in Providence, the John Hay library was opened in 1910 and serves as one of five separate libraries that make up the Brown University Library. It was named after John Hay, who served as secretary to Abraham Lincoln and was also a dear friend of Sarah Helen Whitman. The library’s special collections are home to numerous images of Sarah Helen Whitman including a daguerreotype and an 1869 oil portrait by John Nelson Arnold. Here you will also find endless manuscripts in Helen’s hand including poetry, journals, essays, articles, letters, and even her last will and testament. Among Helen’s belongings that are kept by the library are a daguerreotype of Edgar Allan Poe and a lock of his hair.

These materials can be viewed by registering online through Aeon and reserving the specific pieces you wish to see. More information in the link below:

https://library.brown.edu/hay/specol.php

Here are some photos I took during one of my visits to the library. There are no direct connections to Poe or Helen in these photos, they are for the sole purpose of seeing the beauty that is this building!

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