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MS Am 1941-1941.3

Villard, Henry, 1835-1900. Henry Villard additional papers, ca. 1884-1900: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MS Am 1941-1941.3
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Villard, Henry, 1835-1900.
Title: Henry Villard additional papers,
Date(s): 1884-1900.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (4 volumes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English and German.
Abstract: Additional papers of the American journalist and financier Henry Villard.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*46M-414, *46M-415, *46M-416, *47M-301PF. Gift of Oswald Garrison Villard, Esq., 79 East 79th Street, New York, N.Y.; received: 1946 Dec. 30 and 1948 Mar. 18.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Henry Villard Additional Papers, ca. 1884-1900 (MS Am 1941-1941.3). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

There are related papers on Henry Villard in the Historical Collections, Baker Library, Harvard Business School.

Biographical / Historical

Henry Villard was a journalist, railway promoter, and financier. Born in Bavaria, he came to the United States in 1853. He worked as a journalist for a variety of newspapers and was a Civil War correspondent for the New York Herald and New York Tribune. In 1873 Villard became a representative for a group of German bondholders of the Oregon and California Railroad, and his career as a railroad promoter in the Northwest was launched. He was president of the Northern Pacific Railroad, 1881-1884. Villard also served as representative of the Deutsche Bank in New York City.


Arranged in call number order.

Scope and Contents

Includes: typescript copies of letters of condolence (1890) on the death of Henry Villard's son Hilgard, compositions by Villard including an autobiographical account of his first experiences in America, and typescript copies of letters relating to the Northern Pacific Railroad.

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