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MS Am 1595

Chanler, Margaret, 1862-1952. Margaret Chanler family papers, 1815-1939: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1595
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Chanler, Margaret, 1862-1952.
Title: Margaret Chanler family papers,
Date(s): 1815-1939 (inclusive) 1845-1939 (bulk).
Quantity: 1 collection (10 boxes (5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence and other papers of the American writer Margaret Terry Chanler and her family.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

44M-383 and 47M-221. Gift of Margaret Terry Chanler; received: 1945 and 1948.

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Margaret Chanler Family Papers, 1815-1939 (MS Am 1595). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

The Chanler family was prominent in New York. Luther Terry (d. 1900) was an artist. His daughter Margaret Terry Chanler (1862-1952), born in Rome, was an author. She married Winthrop Astor Chanler (1863-1926), a soldier and sportsman devoted to fox hunting. One of their children, Theodore Ward Chanler (1902-1961) was a composer.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Scope and Contents

Consists chiefly of correspondence among family members, especially between Margaret Terry Chanler and her parents Luther and Louisa Ward Crawford Terry; her husband; and some of their children. Also correspondence between the Terrys, between Luther and his brother James, and between Louisa and her other children; and correspondence of other Crawford and Ward relatives including Francis Marion Crawford, Julia Ward Howe, some of the Howe daughters, and Samuel Ward. There are also letters from friends including 37 from Henry Adams to Margaret Chanler; some letters concerning their professional activities, especially Margaret Chanler's book, Roman Spring; lecture notes and a commonplace book, 1883, that she kept; and a brief diary, 1900, of her husband.

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