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MS Am 1115-1115.14

Grant, Robert, 1852-1940. Robert Grant papers, 1809-1940: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1115-1115.14
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Grant, Robert, 1852-1940.
Title: Robert Grant papers,
Date(s): 1809-1940.
Quantity: 7 linear feet (18 boxes, 7 volumes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Papers of Robert Grant (Harvard AB 1873), an American novelist and lawyer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

bMS Am 1115 and 1115.1: Given in memory of Robert Grant, Harvard Class of 1873, by his sons, Robert Grant Jr., Alexander Galt Grant, and Gordon Grant. ; received: 1940 Jul.22.
bMS Am 1115.2-1115.14: Gift of Robert Grant; received: 1934-1935.

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Robert Grant Papers, 1809-1940 (MS Am 1115-1115.14). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Grant (1852-1940) was a Boston novelist, whose books were primarily social satire. In addition he was for many years judge of the Probate Court and Court of Insolvency in Boston, and an overseer of Harvard. In 1927 he acted as one of three members of the Sacco-Vanzetti Commission.


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Scope and Contents

Papers include correspondence, manuscripts, family papers, scrapbooks, and other material. Contains mostly letters to Judge Grant, with a few of his to other people. These deal primarily with his novels, although some touch on other of the more public aspects of his life and some are merely personal letters. Also included in this collection are a number of family papers, especially letters to Judge Grant's father, Patrick Grant (1809-1895) as a young man, from his mother and other relatives.

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