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MS Am 2333

Lieder, Frederick W. C. (Frederick William Charles), 1881-1953, collector. Frederick Lieder political button collection: 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 2333
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Lieder, Frederick W. C. (Frederick William Charles), 1881-1953, collector.
Title: Frederick Lieder political button collection,
Date(s): 1856-1918.
Quantity: 1 collection (9 boxes (3 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Political buttons and badges from U.S. presidential campaigns, miscellaneous other political campaigns and events, and general buttons with various insignia such as national flags and U.S. state seals.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Gift of Professor Frederick William Charles Lieder, Cambridge, Massachusetts; received: 1919 May 7.
Recataloged from US2185.64*.

Processing Information:

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

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Frederick Lieder Political Button Collection (MS Am 2333). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Lieder received his A.B. in 1902 from Cornell University and his Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1907. He was a professor of Germanic Languages at Harvard University.


Organized into the following two series:

Scope and Contents

Collection includes 599 buttons, medals, emblems, badges, pins, etc. for the following: U.S. Presidential campaigns (1856, 1860, 1864, 1896, 1900, 1904, 1908 and 1912); Dedication of Grant's Tomb (1897); New York State governor campaigns (1906 and 1908); New York City various campaigns (1897 and 1905); Admiral Dewey celebrations (1899); Visit of Prince Henry of Prussia to US (1902); World War I medals (1917-1918); US state seals; National flags; Republican and Democratic emblems; and miscellaneous other materials.
Collection includes buttons, stickpins, lapel pins, medals, emblems, badges, portrait photographs, tintypes (gem photographs), ribbons, etc. This collection includes all types of political insignia, but the general term "buttons" has often been used in the category titles. At the item level, materials are counted as buttons only when they are round "buttons" with either a pin-back or stud fastener. The rest of the items are counted as "items." The text that appears on all materials is listed within quotation marks.

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