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MS Am 1922-1922.2

Child, Francis James, 1825-1896. Francis James Child papers, 1842-1925: 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 1922-1922.2
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Child, Francis James, 1825-1896.
Title: Francis James Child papers,
Date(s): 1842-1925.
Quantity: 1 collection (1.5 linear feet (4 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Student and professional papers of Harvard University English professor, Francis J. Child.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

45M-549, 45M-584-593, 45Z-8, and 73M-94.
Manuscripts presented by Mrs. Gilbert Campbell Scoggin, 11 Story Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138; received: 1945 December.

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Francis James Child Papers, 1842-1925 (MS Am 1922-1922.2). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Child, born in Boston, Massachusetts, graduated from Harvard University in 1846. He became the Harvard Boylston professor of rhetoric, oratory, and elocution in 1851 and in 1876 became professor of English. He was known for studying, collecting, and cataloging folk ballads and compiled the authoritative work, The English and Scottish popular ballads.


Arranged into the following three series:

Scope and Contents

Correspondence of Francis J. Child, together with personal account books from his student years at Harvard, notebooks, journals, and commonplace books. Also includes correspondence of Child's wife, Elizabeth Ellery (Sedgwick) Child; and a daguerreotype of a group including Child and his wife.

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