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MS Am 2246

Holmes family. Holmes family photographs and memorabilia: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b, pf
Call No.: MS Am 2246
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Holmes family.
Title: Holmes family photographs and memorabilia,
Date(s): 1814-1955.
Quantity: 1 collection (4 boxes (1 is portfolio) (2 linear ft.)
Abstract: Drawings, manuscript miscellany, diploma, photographs, and daguerreotype relating to the Holmes family, especially concerning Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. and his son, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*93M-57. Gift of Mary Stacy Holmes (Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes); received: 1965.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

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There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Conditions Governing Use:

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Conditions Governing Use:

Images linked to this finding aid are intended for public access and educational use. This material is owned and/or held by the Houghton Library, and is provided solely for the purpose of teaching or individual research. Any other use, including commercial reuse, mounting on other systems, or other forms of redistribution requires the permission of the curator.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Holmes Family Photographs and Memorabilia (MS Am 2246). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809-1894) was an essayist, poet, and teacher of anatomy. He received his A.B. in 1829 and his medical degree in 1836 (both from Harvard), practiced medicine for ten years, spent two years teaching anatomy at Dartmouth College, and then became professor of anatomy and physiology at Harvard. Later he was made dean of the Harvard Medical School until 1882. He was notable for his medical research and teaching, especially in calling attention to the contagiousness of puerperal fever (1843). His greatest fame, however, was as a humorist and poet, especially as the author of the "Breakfast-Table" series of essays in the Atlantic Monthly and his publication of "Old Ironsides" (1830).
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (1841-1935) was the first child of OWH, Sr., and a justice of the United States Supreme Court. He graduated from Harvard College in 1861, and received a Harvard LL.B.1866. Holmes practiced law for 15 years, was an editor of the American Law Review, lectured on law and in 1882 became Weld Professor of Law at Harvard. He later became a member of the Supreme Judicial Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a post he held for twenty years. In 1902 he was appointed associate justice of the US Supreme Court, where he remained until 1932.

Arrangement

Organized into the following series:

Scope and Contents

Materials concern the Holmes family of Massachusetts, especially by or about Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., and his sons Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. and Edward Jackson Holmes. Includes: photographs, daguerreotype, cartes-de-visite, cabinet photographs, drawings, lithographs, photomechanical print, carbon print photograph, genealogy, bookplate, and other materials.

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