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MS Am 1088, MS Am 1088.14

Norton, Charles Eliot, 1827-1908. Charles Eliot Norton papers, circa 1845-1908: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1088, MS Am 1088.14
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Norton, Charles Eliot, 1827-1908.
Title: Charles Eliot Norton papers,
Date(s): 1845-1908 (inclusive).
Quantity: 15 linear feet (45 boxes, 2 volumes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters sent to American author, editor and Harvard professor, Charles Eliot Norton.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Gift of the Norton family, 1914-1949.

Processing Information:

Recataloged from MS Am 9028, Nor 5259.13*, and "Old Autograph file."
The 2 volume extra-illustrated set, Nor 5259.13* was reclassified to MS Am 1088.14, and the materials pasted into the volumes were indexed in the listing below. The volumes are cataloged in HOLLIS as ID 964559.

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Conditions Governing Use:

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Charles Eliot Norton Papers, circa 1845-1908 (MS Am 1088, MS Am 1088.14). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

See also HOLLIS catalog for additional materials related to Charles Eliot Norton, the Norton family, and the North American Review.

Biographical / Historical

Norton was an American author, editor, and teacher. He was coeditor of the North American Review from 1864 to 1868 and helped found the political review, The Nation in 1865. He was professor of the history of fine arts at Harvard.


Organized into the following series: Arranged by name of correspondent. Please note that item numbers 232 and 6573 were inadvertently omitted from this finding aid.

Scope and Contents

This archive contains letters addressed to Charles Eliot Norton from about 1845 to1908. Norton was a Harvard graduate (A.B. 1846) and professor of the History of Fine Arts at Harvard from 1874 to 1898, with a special interest in the study and translation of Dante. Many of the letters in this collection deal with art and with Dante. In addition he knew a great many prominent figures in both England and the United States, especially those in the political field and the literary and artistics fields. His correspondence with these people often touches upon their public and their private lives.
From 1863 to 1868 Norton was joint editor with his friend James Russell Lowell of the North American review. The letters addressed to him as editor are marked in this index by a star (*) and the folders containing them are stamped with a red N.A.R.(=North American Review).
In 1898 Norton's opposition to the Spanish-American war led Senator George F. Hoar to criticize him. A list of some of the letters Norton received commenting on this controversy is at the end of this index.
Referenced throughout the finding aid is the Excavations at Delphi (scrapbook folder) with a folder designation, such as f.1, f.2, and so on. All folders can be found at item number 5308.

Index to Spanish-American War Letters

Norton was opposed to the Spanish-American War and in June, 1898, he expressed his views to some Harvard students. He was severely criticized by Senator George F. Hoar. For comments on the attitudes of Norton and Senator Hoar and on the controversy between them, see the following letters:

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