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Donald Hyde and Mary Hyde Eccles Iconography Collection, circa 1700-1999 (MS Hyde 100). Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Hyde Back Stacks, pf
Call No.: MS Hyde 100
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Donald Hyde and Mary Hyde Eccles iconography collection
Date(s): circa 1700-1999
Quantity: 10 linear feet (7 boxes)
Abstract: A collection of prints and clippings, primarily depicting people and places from the world of Samuel Johnson, from the collection of Donald Hyde and Mary Hyde Eccles.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*2003JM-35, *2003JM-41, *2003JM-42, *2003JM-44.
All items are *2003JM-35 unless otherwise noted.
Bequest of Mary Hyde Eccles; received: 2004.


The Hyde Iconography Collection is a part of the Donald and Mary Hyde Collection of Dr. Samuel Johnson, which was collected by Donald Frizell Hyde (1909-1966) and Mary Hyde, later Viscountess Eccles (1912-2003). It was compiled by the Hydes singly or in small groups from various sources from 1941 to 2002.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Rick Stattler, circa 2005.
In May 2017 the preliminary finding aid as prepared by Stattler was edited and imported into ArchivesSpace. No further processing was undertaken at this time.

Preferred Citation:

Donald Hyde and Mary Hyde Eccles Iconography Collection, circa 1700-1999 (MS Hyde 100): Guide.

Separated Materials

The Hyde Collection also includes several extra-illustrated books which include thousands of additional prints. In particular, see the four major sets compiled by R.B. Adam: MS Hyde 74, MS Hyde 75, MS Hyde 76, and MS Hyde 77.


[Eccles, Mary Hyde] Notes on Pictures of Hester Lynch Salusbury Thrale Piozzi, 1741-1821. Liebert, Herman W. Lifetime Likenesses of Samuel Johnson, Reissued with Additional Plates (Johnsonians, 1974).


Organized into the following series:

Scope and Contents

The bulk of this collection consists of engravings and other prints relating to Samuel Johnson and his circle, mosty created circa 1700 to 1850. It is particularly rich in images of Johnson and Hester Lynch Piozzi.
The collection was organized primarily to facilitate Mary Hyde Eccles's research and publication activities, and also includes many photographs and other reproductions of images from other collections, as well as related research and printing notes. Many of the clippings in the geographical series were taken from the magazine Country Life. These additional materials were mostly compiled circa 1941 to 1999.

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