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MS Am 1364-1364.9, 1365- 1365.10, 1366-1366.4

Forbes, W. Cameron (William Cameron), 1870-1959. W. Cameron Forbes papers, 1900-1946: Guide.

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Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b, f, pf
Call No.: MS Am 1364-1364.9, 1365- 1365.10, 1366-1366.4
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Forbes, W. Cameron (William Cameron), 1870-1959.
Title: W. Cameron Forbes papers,
Date(s): 1900-1946.
Quantity: 1 collection (37.5 linear feet (35 boxes, 122 volumes, and 2 card file cabinets)
Language of materials: Collection material is in English and Spanish.
Abstract: Papers of American businessman and government executive William Cameron Forbes.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

47M-53F, 50M437-453,540F, 50fM-573. Deposited by Hon. W. Cameron Forbes, Gay Farm, Norwood, Massachusetts, received: 1947 November 26. This accession was restricted until 10 years after the donor's decease (WCF died in 1959). Restriction removed in 1969.
50M-437-453, 50M-540F. Gift of W. Cameron Forbes, Esq., 614 Sears Building, Boston, Massachusetts, received: 1951. [Note: 50M-434, 435, and 436 were all duplicates and were rejected, see original accession sheets].
50M-573. Gift of Hon. W. Cameron Forbes, Hotel Vendome, Boston, Massachusetts, received: 1950. [fMS Am 1365].

Conditions Governing Access:

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Conditions Governing Use:

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

W. Cameron Forbes Papers, 1900-1946 (MS Am 1364-1364.9, MS Am 1365-1365.10, MS Am 1366-1366.4). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Forbes was an American business and government executive. He served as governor-general of the Philippines, 1909-1913, and ambassador to Japan, 1930-1932.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, speeches, writings, reports, scrapbooks, and photographs documenting Forbes' work in the government of the Philippines, from 1904 to 1913, and as ambassador to Japan. Correspondence also pertains to politics and government in East Asia, for example the Earl of Halifax letters discussing British affairs in India in the late 1920s; and reflects the social activities of Forbes and his contemporaries. Many of the letters from Warwick Greene and James G. Harbord concern polo playing. Also correspondence with U.S. presidents, especially William Taft and Herbert Hoover, and Secretary of State Stanley Hornbeck; with other Philippine governors, Leonard Wood and Dwight Davis; and correspondence (in Spanish) with Emilio y Famy Aguinaldo. There are also 95 volumes of letterbooks of Forbes' outgoing correspondence, 1904-1946; and correspondence with the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

Container List

Index to journals of William Cameron Forbes: Volumes I, II, III, IV and V (First Series) [fMS Am 1365 (v.1-5)].

Index to journals of William Cameron Forbes: Volumes I, II, III, IV and V (Second Series). [fMS Am 1365 (v.6-10)].