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MS Am 1241.1

Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894, recipient. Oliver Wendell Holmes letters from various correspondents, 1820-1894: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1241.1
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894, recipient.
Title: Oliver Wendell Holmes letters from various correspondents,
Date(s): 1820-1894.
Quantity: 1 collection (10 boxes (5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters sent to Oliver Wendell Holmes by various correspondents.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

47M-368. Gift of Edward Jackson Holmes, 296 Beacon St., Boston, Mass.; received: 19 June 1941.

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 Letters from Various Correspondents, 1820-1894 (MS Am 1241.1). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Holmes was an American essayist, poet, and teacher of anatomy. He received an A.B, degree and M.D. degree from Harvard in 1826 and 1836, and practiced medicine for 10 years, then taught anatomy for two years at Dartmouth College. In 1847 he became professor of anatomy and physiology (and later Dean) at the Harvard Medical School.


Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Scope and Contents

Many of the letters are from editors and literary friends and acquaintances, usually containing acknowledgments and comments on Holmes' writings or about social affairs; and several letters from other physicians, especially S. Weir Mitchell and James Jackson, concerning medical topics; from college friends Phineas Barnes and Elisha Bartlett about their medical studies; from John L. Motley mostly about British politics and his historical research in Europe; and from a friend in Mass. and in England. Also include a few letters addressed to Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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