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MS Am 1888-1888.4

Gannett, Lewis, 1891-1966. Lewis Gannett papers: 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 1888-1888.4
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Gannett, Lewis, 1891-1966.
Title: Lewis Gannett papers,
Date(s): 1681-1966 (inclusive),
Date(s): 1900-1960 (bulk).
Quantity: 1 collection (25.5 linear feet (51 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence and family papers of journalist and author Lewis Gannett, along with compositions and diaries.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*71M-111. Deposited by Mrs. Lewis Gannett, Cream Hill Road, West Cornwall, Connecticut 06796; received: 1972 April 10; gift: 1973 September 21 - 1975.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Lewis Gannett Papers (MS Am 1888-Am 1888.4). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Gannett was a journalist and author. For many years he wrote the daily book review column for the New York Herald Tribune.


Organized into the following series: Please note that item number 81 was inadvertently omitted from this finding aid.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, manuscripts, diaries, journals, notebooks, legal and business papers, memorabilia, photos, and other papers, together with Gannett family papers. Includes correspondence of Gannett's grandfather and father, Unitarian clergymen Ezra Stiles Gannett of Boston and William Channing Gannett; 91 letters, 1796-1817, from Gannett's great-grandfather Caleb Gannett to John Mico Gannett, and journals of his grandmother Anna Tilden Gannett. Lewis Gannett's correspondence (including some carbon copies of outgoing letters) reflects his interests in current literature and in political activities such as the American Fund for Public Service. There are many letters from authors of volumes published in Doubleday's Mainstream of America Series, edited by Gannett. Manuscripts include juvenile compositions and early writings reflecting his initial desire to be a naturalist; essays and book reviews; Cream Hill, his book about country life; the Harper Book of Family Verse, which Gannett edited; and an incomplete autobiography.

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