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Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 470 (1) - (87)
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Rogers, Henry Munroe, 1839-1937, collector.
Title: Rogers Memorial Collection: Papers of James R. Osgood and A. V. S. Anthony,
Quantity: 1 collection (5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Primarily letters sent to the Boston publisher James R. Osgood and his associate A. V. S. Anthony.
The Rogers Memorial Collection, of which this is Series I, contains literary, musical and historical material from Boston circa 1860-1937, and memorabilia of the English composer John Barnett (1802-1890). A master list of the Rogers Memorial Collection series can be found in HOLLIS 10104119.
In 1864, James R. (James Ripley) Osgood (1836-1892) became a partner in the publishing firm of Ticknor & Fields, which became Fields, Osgood & Co. in 1868 and James R. Osgood and Company in 1870. In 1878 the firm merged with Hurd & Houghton to became Houghton, Osgood, and Company. The firm was renamed Houghton, Mifflin and Company after Osgood departed in 1880. Osgood then formed another partnership named James R. Osgood and Company, which was active through his retirement in 1885. Henry Munroe Rogers served as executor of his estate in 1892.The engraver A. V. S. (Andrew Varick Stout) Anthony (1835-1906) supervised the wood engraving for book illustrations at James R. Osgood and Company, and later worked for Harper & Brothers. His wife Mary W. Anthony (ca. 1830-1913) shared his involvement in literary circles.
For a description of the Rogers Memorial Collection, see The Rogers Memorial Room : an account of the nature, origin, and significance of the memorabilia presented to Harvard College in 1930 by Clara Kathleen & Henry Munroe Rogers ([Boston] : Cosmos Press, 1935).
Organized into the following subseries:
- A. Letters received by A. V. S. Anthony and Mary W. Anthony
- B. Letters received by James R. Osgood
- C. Letters received by Edwin Austin Abbey
- D. Other correspondence
- E. Compositions
The letters received by A. V. S. Anthony and Mary W. Anthony were written from 1853 to 1912, and include letters from Thomas Bailey Aldrich, William Dean Howells, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Woodrow Wilson, Owen Wister, and others.The letters received by James R. Osgood from 1862 to 1891 are from a variety of prominent 19th-century American and English writers, and include correspondents such as Thomas Bailey Aldrich, Lawrence Barrett, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Adeline Dutton Train Whitney, and Charles Dudley Warner.This series also contains a small amount of other correspondence, including several letters to Edwin Austin Abbey concerning a dinner in honor of Osgood, and a letter from Walt Whitman to an unidentified recipient. Finally, the collection includes a few short compositions by Thomas Bailey Aldrich, Harriet Martineau, Mark Twain, and others.
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