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MS Eng 1458

Masefield, John, 1878-1967. John Masefield letters to Florence Corliss Lamont: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Eng 1458
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Masefield, John, 1878-1967.
Title: John Masefield letters to Florence Corliss Lamont,
Date(s): 1916-1952.
Quantity: 1 collection (18 boxes (6 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters from British poet, John Masefield, to his American friend, Florence Corliss Lamont.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*55M-152. Deposit of the children of Thomas W. Lamont, 23 Wall Street, New York, New York; received: 1956 February; gift 1978 January 1.

Processed by:

Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

John Masefield Letters to Florence Corliss Lamont (MS Eng 1458). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

John Masefield (1878-1967) was a British poet. Florence Corliss Lamont (1872-1952) was the wife of Thomas W. (Thomas William) Lamont (1870-1948), a New York financier with the firm of J.P. Morgan & Company. She graduated from Smith College and earned a master's degree in philosophy from Columbia Univeristy. They met in February of 1916 while Masefield was lecturing in New York.
Constance and John Masefield were longtime friends with Thomas and Florence Lamont.


Some of these letters are published in: John Masefield. Letters of John Masefield to Florence Lamont, edited by Corliss Lamont and Lansing Lamont. New York: Columbia University Press, 1979. See this volume for an in-depth analysis of letters.


Organized into the following two series:

Scope and Contents

2189 letters from poet John Masefield to his friend, Florence Lamont, spanning nearly four decades. Includes a commentary on the historical era, their friends, families, and work. Some letters include sketches by Masefield. Included with these original autograph letters are a complete set of typescript transcripts of the letters and another set in typescript (carbon copy).


This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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