MS Am 1701
Wright, Mary Tappan, 1851-1916. Mary Tappan Wright correspondence and compositions,
Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: MS Am 1701
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Wright, Mary Tappan, 1851-1916.
Title: Mary Tappan Wright correspondence and compositions,
Quantity: 1 collection (6 boxes (3 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence of American novelist Mary Tappan Wright and her family as well as drafts
of literary compositions.
62M-311. Gift of John K. Wright, Lyme, New Hampshire; received: 1963.
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Mary Tappan Wright Correspondence and Compositions, 1880-1909 (MS Am 1701). Houghton
Library, Harvard University.
Mary Tappan Wright was an American novelist and short story writer. Her husband, John
Henry Wright, was a professor of Greek and a Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and
Sciences at Harvard University.
Organized into the following series:
- I. Correspondence
- II. Compositions
- III. Notes and drafts
Correspondence consists chiefly of letters to Wright's husband John Henry Wright,
her parents, and her children, Austin Tappan Wright, Elizabeth Tappan Wright, and
John Kirtland Wright. The letters concern family news, depictions of daily life, discussions
of furnishings and clothing, household finance and business, and raising children,
as well as ideas for stories and depictions of life at Harvard. Some letters include
photographs. The collection also includes autograph and typescript short stories,
notes for works, and novel fragments. Many compositions are based on college life,
including "The Murder of Hillyer and its Consequences," a murder mystery set on the
Harvard campus. Her diary concerns home and social life at Harvard, descriptions of
travel, and includes correspondence and travel photos from Europe.
- Series: I. Correspondence
- (1-470). Wright, Mary (Tappan) 1851-1916. 470 letters to her family; 4 Jan 1880- 24 Jan 1909.
The series includes no letters for the years 1896-1899. The letters are variously
addressed to Benjamin Tappan, Lydia (McDowell) Tappan, John Henry Wright, Elizabeth Tappan Wright, Austin Tappan Wright, John Kirtland Wright, Mary M. Wright Eaton, Katharine E. Wright, Sarah E. Wright, and Alicia M. Keyes.
- (471-481). Wright, Mary (Tappan) 1851-1916. 11 letters to Anna Ely; 8 Mar 1891- 26 Jan 1905 & [n.d.]
- (482-491). Wright, John Henry, 1852-1908. 10 letters to Lydia (McDowell) Tappan; 15 Feb 1880- 4 Jan 1885.
- Series: II. Compositions
- (492). Another Man's poison. TS. 36f. (36p.)
- (493). A mime. TS. 33f. (33p.)
- (494). Forêt. TS. 36f. (36p.)
- (495). Philomène. TS. 43f. (43p.)
- (496). The nature of wings. TS. 60f. (60p.)
- (497). Matabele. TS. 43f. (43p.)
- (498). Our boarding house. TS. & A.MS. 11f. (11p.)
- (499). [Untitled: "The two Langham boys"] TS. 22f. (22p.)
- (500). [Untitled: "A straight path led up..."] TS. 37f. (37p.)
- (501). [Untitled: "Her time had come."] TS. 14f. (14p.)
- (502). Talents: a story in eight chapters. 1894. TS. 115f. (115p.)
- (503). The god of bounds. TS. 12f. (12p.)
- (504A). Fighting Mary. A.MS.; 128f. (128p.)
- (505). Fighting Mary. TS. 64f. (64p.)
- (506). The vanishing years. TS. 18f. (18p.)
- (507). Memoranda. Books and reviews. A.MS. 12f. (22p.)
- Series: III. Notes and drafts
- (508). The murder of Hillyer and its consequences. TS. & A.MS. 29f. (29p.)
- (509). Notes. Holmesdale. Oct 14th 1877. A.MS. 12f. (23p.)
- (510). Notes. Gambier. Dec 23 1877. A.MS. 19f. (35p.)
- (511). General ideas for the drift of [a] novel. A.MS.; 13f. (13p.)
- (512). The unfallen fruit. TS. & A.MS. 40f. (41p.)
- (513). The mill. [Notes for an unfinished novel] TS. & A.MS. 125f. (130p.)
- (514). Venus story. A.MS. 32f. (60p.)
- (515). [Notebook of plots] 1 Aug 1893. A.MS. 48f. (96p.)
- (516). An exceptionally choice neighbourhood. A.MS. 10f. (19p.)
- (517). [Untitled: "You must be prepared for differences..."] A.MS.; 26f. (26p.)
- (518). [Untitled: "Among many letters..."] A.MS. 5f. (5p.)
- (519). Wright, Mary (Tappan) 1851-1916. The mission of keramicks in Dulwich. A.MS. 50f. (50p.)
- (520). [Untitled: "Please don't think that I didn't try..."] TS. 6f. (6p.)
- (521A). Gladys. A.MS. 200f. (200p.)
- (522). Gladys. A.MS. 30f. (30p.)
- (523). Aliens. [Discarded material] TS. 43f. (43p.)
- (524). The tower. [Discarded material] TS. 29f. (30p.)
- (525). A reversion. TS. 65f. (65p.)
- (526). Honour thy father. J.C. stories. A.MS. 3f. (3p.)
- (527). A patroness of talent. TS. & A.MS. 24f. (24p.)
- (528). [A patroness of talent] TS. (incomplete) 13f. (13p.)
- (529). Their eyes they have closed. TS. & A.MS. 43f. (43p.)
- (530). Woman who has written herself out. A.MS. 14f. (14p.) env.
- (531). [Untitled: "His mother had named him Oscar Fitz-Alan..."] A.MS. & TS. 18f. (18p.)
- (532). Pocket diaries, 1879-1915. 1 bundle.
The diaries are out of binding and in some cases fragmentary.
- (533). Journal, 1906-1908. TS. & A.MS. 1 bundle.