This collection contains correspondence and papers of George Ripley, founder of the Brook Farm Community in West Roxbury, Mass. The correspondence mainly pertains to Brook Farm and Ripley's activities after its demise, with correspondents including George Bancroft, Edward Everett, and Theodore Parker. Specific letters deal with a charter for the Brook Farm Community, legal advice, the idea behind the Community, standards of schools in Massachusetts, biographical data for publications, and the publication of George Bancroft's second volume of the History of the United States. The collection also contains an act of incorporation for the Brook Farm, a biography of Fourier, and a work by Ripley entitled "Books and Men: A Series of Critical and Bibliographical Studies," which contains illustrations of contemporaneous literary history.
This collection was microfilmed from the originals in the Ripley and other collections ofÂ the Massachusetts Historical Society.