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MS Am 1081-1081.3

Thayer, William Roscoe, 1859-1923. William Roscoe Thayer papers: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MS Am 1081-1081.3
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: William Roscoe Thayer papers
Date(s): 1762-1927
Date(s): 1872-1921
Quantity: 48 linear feet (96 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters, compositions, and other papers of the American historian William Roscoe Thayer. Also includes miscellaneous papers of the American writer William Warland Clapp and the American abolitionist and writer Thomas Wentworth Higginson.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*77M-80. Gift of Mrs. William Roscoe Thayer and Mrs. Southworth Lancaster; received: 1936 and 1947, respectively.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

William Roscoe Thayer Papers (MS Am 1081-1081.3). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Thayer was a biographer and historian. From 1892 to 1915 he was editor of the Harvard Graduates' Magazine.


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Scope and Contents

Correspondence (chiefly letters received), articles, poems, speeches, book reviews, diaries and journals, miscellaneous notebooks, scrapbooks, clippings, and other printed material. Correspondence concerns Thayer's writings, particularly in the area of Italian history, and his connections with Harvard as editor of the Harvard Graduates' Magazine and later as an overseer. Also included are some miscellaneous papers of William Warland Clapp, a Boston journalist; and some papers of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, chiefly from a European trip made by Higginson in 1872.

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