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MS Thr 477

Weiss, Jay, 1927-, collector. Jay Weiss collection of P. G. Wodehouse material, circa 1902-1996 (MS Thr 477): Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 477
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Weiss, Jay, 1927-, collector.
Title: Jay Weiss collection of P.G. Wodehouse material,
Date(s): 1902-1996.
Quantity: 1 collection (16.5 linear feet (33 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Published works, manuscripts, recordings and artifacts of the writer P. G. Wodehouse, collected by Jay Weiss.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2004MT-91. Gift of Jay Weiss (A.B. 1948); received: 2002.

Processing Information:

This finding aid is incomplete. Only the first 159 items have box locations marked with the item number.

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Harvard Theatre Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Jay Weiss Collection of P.G. Wodehouse Material, Circa 1902-1996 (MS Thr 477). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

As Jay Weiss remarked on the nature of his P.G. Wodehouse collection: "One of my roommates in [Harvard's dormitory] Adams 1-22, the late Stanley J. Friedman, introduced me to Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, Plum to his friends and admirers, in 1945 by leaving Ogden Nash's glorious anthology, Nothing But Wodehouse on his library shelf. I read it, pinched it, and have been re-reading it ever since as I set about the difficult but happy task of assembling all of the master's opulent output. At first I collected just for the pleasure of reading him but, as the years slipped by, Plum began, as Charles Gould described the mystic process, to collect me. So I searched assiduously for treasures, rarities, and completeness. But I've come close and now, more than half a century later, I am returning your wonderful book, Stanley, along with many of its mates, to Harvard. Thank you so much for lending it to me."


"McIlvaine numbers" below refer toP.G. Wodehouse, a comprehensive bibliography and checklist / [compiled by] Eileen McIlvaine, Louise S. Sherby and James H. Heineman; illustrations by Peter Van Straaten (New York, 1990).


Arranged into the following series: Please note that item 660 was inadvertently omitted from this finding aid.

Scope and Contents

Collection includes single prose works by Wodehouse, collections of his writings, plays, publications in periodicals, anthologies, short works, translations, sheet music, vocal scores, reference materials, imitations and parodies, recordings, artifacts, and ephemera.


This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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