Scope and arrangement
This is a synthetic collection consisting of manuscripts, correspondence, and financial documents. The manuscripts include holograph poems and stanzas in the author's hand. The correspondence, dating from  to 1894, includes letters from Holmes to George Riker Bishop, Charles Henry Davis, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Abner C. Goodell, Jr., Edmund Gosse, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Frederick Locker-Lampson, Rev. William Jenks, James R. Osgood, John Greenleaf Whittier, and others. Also included is a letter, dated 1886, from Spencer Horatio Walpole to Frederick Locker-Lampson, relating to Oliver Wendell Holmes. There are letters to Holmes from John Peters, and Franklin Benjamin Sanborn, as well as a letter from Sir William Tennant Gardnier in Edward Newton Perkins' hand, dating from 1859 to 1886.
The Oliver Wendell Holmes collection of papers are arranged in three series: