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MS Am 1899

Schaffner, Joseph Halle, 1897-1972, collector. Joseph Halle Schaffner autograph collection, 1683-1948: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1899
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Schaffner, Joseph Halle, 1897-1972, collector.
Title: Joseph Halle Schaffner autograph collection,
Date(s): 1683-1948.
Quantity: 1 collection (8 boxes (4 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English and German.
Abstract: Autograph collection of the American clothing manufacturer Jospeh Halle Schaffner.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

72M-74. Bequest of Joseph Halle Schaffner; received: 1972.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Joseph Halle Schaffner Autograph Collection, 1683-1948 (MS Am 1899). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Halle Schaffner, who formed this collection, was a director of the clothing manufacturing firm of Hart, Schaffner & Marx.


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Scope and Contents

Consists chiefly of letters and documents of American and British historical and literary figures. Most of the material dates from the nineteenth century. Includes 129 letters, 1885-1916, from Henry Adams to Lucy W. Baxter, Bernard Berenson, William Hallett Phillips, James Ford Rhodes, Charles Warren Stoddard and others; and 57 letters, 1878-1891 by John Hay, mostly to his brother Leonard Hay. Includes manuscript and proofs for the translation of Hitler's Mein Kampf published in New York in 1939 and documents, correspondence, and maps concerning a projected operation of the German army in 1945. Also includes some correspondence of Schaffner's, chiefly with booksellers, and drawings and plans of his library.

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