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MS Am 2121

Rockhill, William Woodville, 1854-1914. William Woodville Rockhill papers, 1826-1941: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: MS, b, Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Am 2121
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Rockhill, William Woodville, 1854-1914.
Title: William Woodville Rockhill papers,
Date(s): 1826-1941.
Quantity: 18 linear feet (35 boxes, 6 card file boxes, and 8 volumes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Papers of American scholar-diplomat William Woodville Rockhill.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

46M-386 and 46M-386A-T. Gift of Courtland Hoppin, Esq., 131 East 94th St., New York, N.Y.; received: 1947.
46M-386U. Gift of Yale University Library, 1980.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
A portion of this collection is shelved offsite. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

William Woodville Rockhill Papers, 1826-1941 (MS Am 2121). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Rockhill was an American scholar-diplomat known especially as the first Westerner to befriend and advise a Dalai Lama of Tibet. He was U.S. Minister to Greece, Romania, Serbia, China, Russia, and Turkey.


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Scope and Contents

Chiefly letters to William Woodville Rockhill from various correspondents including: Henry Adams, Horace Newton Allen, Samuel Beal, Henri Cordier, Chandra Das Sarat, William Foster, Alfred Edward Hippisley, Friedrich Hirth, Sir John Scott Keltie, Richard Olney, Theodore Roosevelt, Reinhold Rost, Thomas Watters, James Harrison Wilson, and John Russell Young. Also contains speeches and articles by William Woodville Rockhill and his diaries from 1908 to 1914. There is correspondence of Thomas C. Rockhill and a commonplace book about him. Finally, there are letterbooks with copies of typed letters to various people and an account book belonging to Edward Augustus Rockhill, among other materials.

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