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MS Am 791

Fletcher, Horace, 1849-1919. Horace Fletcher papers: 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 791
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Fletcher, Horace, 1849-1919.
Title: Horace Fletcher papers,
Date(s): 1898-1915.
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."

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Gift of W. D. Orcutt; received: 1921 January 11.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Charlotte Gray with the assistance of Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Existence and Location of Copies:

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.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Horace Fletcher Papers (MS Am 791). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

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:

Scope and Contents

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.

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