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MS Am 1821

Higginson, Henry Lee, 1834-1919. Henry Lee Higginson papers relating to the gift of Soldiers Field, Harvard University, 1890: Guide.

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Last update on 2013 January 23.

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
Call No.: MS Am 1821
Creator: Higginson, Henry Lee, 1834-1919.
Title: Henry Lee Higginson papers relating to the gift of Soldiers Field, Harvard University,
Date(s): 1890.
Quantity: 2 volumes (.4 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Papers relating to the gift of Soldiers Field, Harvard University, by Boston banker and philanthropist Henry Lee Higginson and his wife, Ida Agassiz Higginson.

Acquisition Information:

67M-62. Gift of Wyllys S. Newcomb Royall received: 1967.

Access Restrictions:

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

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Henry Lee Higginson Papers Relating to the Gift of Soldiers Field, Harvard University, 1890 (MS Am 1821). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Historical Note

Higginson was a Boston banker and philanthropist. Higginson attended Harvard (1851-1852), but left because of poor eyesight. In 1856 he went to Vienna intending to make music his life work, but he returned to Boston in 1860. He attained the rank of major in the Union Army during the Civil War. In 1868 Higginson joined the family banking firm of Lee, Higginson and Company. He was the principal figure in the creation of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (1881) and was its chief benefactor for the rest of his life. His gifts to Harvard include Soldiers Field and the Harvard Union.

Scope and Content

Contains letters, primarily to Higginson, speeches by Higginson, and commemorative book edited by Higginson and his wife Ida Agassiz Higginson.

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