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MS Am 1701

Wright, Mary Tappan, 1851-1916. Mary Tappan Wright correspondence and compositions, 1880-1909: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
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,
Date(s): 1880-1909.
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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

62M-311. Gift of John K. Wright, Lyme, New Hampshire; received: 1963.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Mary Tappan Wright Correspondence and Compositions, 1880-1909 (MS Am 1701). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

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.


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Scope and Contents

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.

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