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MS Eng 1200

Fortescue, J.W. (John William), Sir, 1859-1933. Sir J. W. Fortescue letters to Edgar Huidekoper Wells, 1919-1930: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Eng 1200
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Fortescue, J.W. (John William), Sir, 1859-1933.
Title: Sir J. W. Fortescue letters to Edgar Huidekoper Wells,
Date(s): 1919-1930.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters from English military historian and librarian of Windsor Castle, Sir John William Fortescue, to rare book dealer Edgar Huidekoper Wells.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

45M-216 - 45M217. Gift of Edgar Huidekoper Wells; received: 1945 February 20.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Sir J. W. Fortescue Letters to Edgar Huidekoper Wells, 1919-1930 (MS Eng 1200). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Fortescue was an English military historian. He served as librarian at Windsor Castle from 1905 to 1926.
Edgar Huidekoper Wells, Harvard graduate of Class of 1897, served in the first World War in the American Red Cross and then as an army officer attached to the U.S. Embassy in London. He operated Edgar H. Wells and Company, a book shop in New York City, from 1921 to 1938. For many years until his death in 1938 he was one of the most respected members of the rare book trade.


Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

Consists of 38 letters from Fortescue to Wells about personal matters, current world affairs, as well as business dealings for the Royal Library concerning purchase and sale of rare materials. Also includes many envelopes and an essay by Fortescue on the Holbein drawings at Windsor Castle.

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