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MS Am 1322

Villard, Henry, 1835-1900. Henry Villard papers, 1604-1948: 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 1322
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Villard, Henry, 1835-1900.
Title: Henry Villard papers,
Date(s): 1604-1948, (bulk) 1863-1900.
Quantity: 1 collection (6.25 linear feet (15 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English and German.
Abstract: Personal and professional papers, as well as family papers of Henry Villard, the German-born American journalist, financier and railway promoter.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

52M-228 (part), 52M-228A (part), 52M-228B. Bequest of Oswald Garrison Villard; received: 1949.
Item (644): No accession number. Gift of Oswald Garrison Villard, 20 Vesey Street, New York , New York; received: 1944 January 12.

Processing Information:

Series IV, VI, VII, VIII, and IX below are mostly unsorted.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Henry Villard Papers, 1604-1948 (MS Am 1322). 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 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.


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Scope and Contents

Chiefly correspondence, including long runs of letters to his wife, Fanny Garrison Villard, to his son Oswald Garrison Villard, and to other members of the Garrison family. Also includes one box of material on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War; one box of German letters and documents; and several boxes of pamphlets, clippings, photographs, and other ephemera, including material relating to the Northern Pacific Railroad. Genealogical material includes documents relating to the Benson family dating from 1604.

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