This digital collection showcases archival material relating to the economic and epistemological uses of gossip in US American literature and culture in the nineteenth century.
We beginn by highlighting material by and about actress Charlotte Cushman, collected from various archives in the US, to trace the role and relevance of gossip – both private and mediated – to her reputation and legacy.

As this collection continues to grow, we hope to add collections relating to foreign gossip correspondents for US American magazines like Jennie June and Grace Greenwood. We also plan to provide insight into some particularly insightful examples for the ways gossip travels through archives.

For updates on the larger research project, see our blog.

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Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Emma Crow, July 5, 1858

CCP 1.51-52 CC to ECC July 5, 1858.pdf

Once again, Charlotte confesses her love to Emma very explicitly. Her letter is written in the night between July 4 and July 5, 1858. Cushman explains…

Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Emma Crow, Feb 3, 1858

CCP 1.49-50 CC to ECC Feb 3, 1858.pdf

This letter is most likely the first one that Charlotte sends to Emma after they met in St Louis, MO, and fell in love. The preceding week, Charlotte…

Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Emma Crow, March 31, 1858

CCP 1.60-61 CC to ECC, March 31, 1858.pdf

In this letter, Charlotte reassures Emma of her love. She promises to visit Emma soon. Charlotte mentions Harriet Hosmer who is trying to find a…