MS Am 791
Fletcher, Horace, 1849-1919. Horace Fletcher papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: MS Am 791
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Fletcher, Horace, 1849-1919.
Title: Horace Fletcher papers,
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence and papers of American businessman, Horace Fletcher, who promoted his
theory of nutrition called "Fletcherism."
Gift of W. D. Orcutt; received: 1921 January 11.
Processed by: Charlotte Gray with the assistance of Bonnie B. Salt
There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
Collection was microfilmed in 1992, but it was recataloged in 2003. The order of the
materials in the microfilm version is not the same as current order of collection.
Horace Fletcher Papers (MS Am 791). Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Horace Fletcher (1849-1919), an American businessman from Lawrence, Massachusetts, was best known
for his writing and lectures on popular nutrition. His major innovation in eating
habits, called Fletcherism, prescribed eating in small amounts only when hungry and
chewing food thoroughly. Numerous celebrities of the time, such as John D. Rockefeller,
Upton Sinclair, and Henry James, followed Fletcher's advice.
Fletcher was president of the Health and Efficiency League of America, subsidized
research on nutrition, and worked in Belgium during World War I teaching refugees
his system of vital economics: how to make the most of their scant rations.
Organized into the following two series:
- I. Correspondence
- II. Other materials
Collection consists primarily of letters by Fletcher, mostly carbon copies, concerning
his studies and writings in nutrition, exercise, and health. Includes letters to (and
a few from) various professors, doctors, and publishers. Also contains a few lectures,
and a scattering of questionnaires, printed circulars, and other material on nutrition,
health and efficiency.
- Series: II. Other material
- (51). Circular of inquiry respecting the effects of a low protein ration upon health and
efficiency : blank printed form, undated. 1 folders
- (52). Fletcher, Horace, 1849-1919. After Chittenden; What? : Ts (mimeograph) with AMs annotations, undated. 1 folders
- (53). Fletcher, Horace, 1849-1919. Cost of careless living : Ts (mimeograph) with AMs annotations, ca. 1912. 1 folders
Variant drafts. Also titled: High cost of careless living.
- (54). Fletcher, Horace, 1849-1919. Editorial greetings to the health and efficiency team [of Good Health Magazine] : AMs, undated. 1 folders
Draft of article (or speech) as a "thank you" accepting the invitation to become a
contributing editor of the Good Health Magazine
- (55). Fletcher, Horace, 1849-1919. Fletcherizing the Womens Christian Temperance Union : Ts (carbon), undated. 1 folders
Speech or article.
- (57). Fletcher, Horace, 1849-1919. [Memorandum on Miss Devoe and the Pickering Pittsburgh Plan of Practical Philanthropy]
: Ts (carbon) with AMs annotations, 1910 Nov. 10. 1 folders
Annotated: "Not sent to Dr. Kellogg but to Miss Devoe."
- (58). Fletcher, Horace, 1849-1919. Notes : AMs and Ts fragments, undated. 1 folders
- (59). Fletcher, Horace, 1849-1919. [Protein diet] : Ts, undated. 1 folders
- (60). Fletcher, Horace, 1849-1919. Questionnaires : Tss with AMssS, 1910. 1 folders
Questionnaires concerning practice of Fletcherism.
- (61). Fletcher, Horace, 1849-1919. Sanitarium laboratory examination of feces : printed form with Ts, 1919 Nov. 2. 1 folders
Laboratory report on Fletcher. Possibly from Battle Creek Sanitarium?
- (62). Fletcher, Horace, 1849-1919. Truths about the high cost of living : print, undated. 1 folders
Article printed in magazine Physical Culture.
- (63). [The Kellogg family] : photograph, clippings, 1911. 1 folders
Clippings on the Kellogg family of Battle Creek, Michigan and photograph of Sir Horace Plunkett, John H. Kellogg, Gifford Pinchot, S.S. McClure, and Irving Fisher.
- (64). Owen, Robert Latham, 1856-1947. Memorandum for the proposed plan of propaganda of the Fletcher-de Chamberay system
of child conservation : Ts (carbon copy), undated. 1 folders
Copy sent to Horace Fletcher to "secure government aid in giving the revelations of
Fletcherism publicity throughout the United States."
- (65). Thomas, A.A. Introduction [at the National Cash Register Company] : Ts (mimeograph), undated. 1 folders
Includes speech by Fletcher which begins: Young ladies of the N.C.R.Co. Also includes list of "Fletcher Meetings."