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MS Am 1160

Wells, Edgar Huidekoper, 1875-1938. Edgar Huidekoper Wells papers: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1160
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Wells, Edgar Huidekoper, 1875-1938.
Title: Edgar Huidekoper Wells papers,
Date(s): 1912-1933.
Quantity: 1 collection (3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters to American educator and rare book dealer Edgar Huidekoper Wells.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Gifts of Edgar H. Wells and George Doane Wells; received: 1925-1940.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Conditions Governing Use:

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Edgar Huidekoper Wells Papers (MS Am 1160). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Edgar Huidekoper Wells, '97, was a long-time friend of the Harvard College Library and an active and loyal alumnus. He held various positions at Harvard, including instructor in English (1902-1906); curator of modern English literature in the library (1903-1913); and assistant dean (1905-1907). In the first World War he served first in the American Red Cross and then as an army officer attached to the U.S. Embassy in London. After the war he was instrumental in establishing the Lionel DeJersey Harvard fund, which added many rare books to the Library, and the Harvard Fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge. He also operated Edgar H. Wells and Company, a book shop in New York City, from 1921 to 1938. For many years until his death in 1938 he was one of the most respected members of the rare book trade, and the friend and correspondents of many well known collectors, dealers, and bibliographers.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Scope and Contents

Chiefly letters to Wells from various correspondents. Also includes eleven letters from Wells to George Doane Wells and one box of personal papers and memorabilia, such as passports, army orders, and Red Cross citations. The collection relates to Wells's career in the rare book trade, his activities as a Harvard alumnus and supporter of the library, and his World War I service with the American Red Cross and the United States Army.
All letters are addressed to Edgar Huidekoper Wells unless otherwise noted.

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