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MS Port 19

Palha, Fernando, d.1897, collector. Fernando Palha collection of Portuguese historical autographs, 1523-1890: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Port 19
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Palha, Fernando, d. 1897, collector.
Title: Fernando Palha collection of Portuguese historical autographs,
Date(s): 1523-1890.
Quantity: 1 collection (3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Latin.
Abstract: Portuguese documents and autographs collected by Portuguese historian and public official Fernando Palha.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

67M-172. Gift of John B. Stetson, Jr. from the library of Fernando Palha; received: 1928 December 3.

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Fernando Palha Collection of Portuguese Historical Autographs, 1523-1890 (MS Port 19). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Palha was a Portuguese historian and public official.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Scope and Contents

Contains Palha's collection of letters and documents from the 16th to the 19th century, signed by prominent figures in the history of Portugal, including members of Portuguese and other European royal families and political, cultural, and religious leaders. Portugal's kings, John III and John V, and sovereigns of Spain and France are among the individuals represented in the collection. Also contains correspondence, 1675-1687, of Luiz de Vasconcellos de Sousa, III conde de Castello Melhor; letters, 1864-1888, written to Palha and members of his family from prominent individuals in Portugal and other countries in Europe; and letters of Camilo Castelo Branco, discussing his life and writings. In addition to letters and documents, there are some manuscripts of poems and a few photographs.

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