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MS Am 1163

Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894. Oliver Wendell Holmes miscellaneous letters, 1825-1894: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1163
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894.
Title: Oliver Wendell Holmes miscellaneous letters,
Date(s): 1825-1894.
Quantity: 1 collection (2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters by American essayist, poet, and teacher of anatomy Oliver Wendell Holmes to various correspondents concerning medicine, education, and his literary work.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Received from various sources at various times.

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Oliver Wendell Holmes Miscellaneous Letters, 1825-1894 (MS Am 1163). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Holmes was an essayist, poet, and teacher of anatomy.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Scope and Contents

Catch-all box includes Holmes' letters to various correspondents and a few other items, including genealogy, photographs, and a vita found with the letters. Letters reflect a wide range of topics including his views on issues in medicine and education, comments on student days at Harvard and his literary work, such as the origin and purpose of Elsie Venner.

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