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MS Hyde 97

Chapman, R. W. (Robert William), 1881-1960. R. W. Chapman papers, 1922-1965: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Hyde 97
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Chapman, R. W. (Robert William), 1881-1960.
Title: R. W. Chapman papers,
Date(s): 1922-1965,
Date(s): (bulk) 1925-1952.
Quantity: 1 collection (3.75 linear feet (3 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, proofs, and notes relating to Chapman's The Letters of Samuel Johnson.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2003JM-33 (part). Bequest of Mary Hyde Eccles, Four Oaks Farm, Somerville, New Jersey; received: 2004.


Part of this collection was acquired from Chapman by Donald and Mary Hyde in 1953. The Fettercairn correspondence files, and perhaps other portions of the papers, were apparently given to the Hydes in 1965 by Chapman's widow Katherine Marion Chapman.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Alyson E. Reichgott and Rick Stattler

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

R. W. Chapman Papers, 1922-1965 (MS Hyde 97). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Robert William Chapman (1881-1960) graduated from the University of Oxford, and was employed by the university's Clarendon Press from 1906 to 1942. He edited numerous scholarly editions of Jane Austen and Samuel Johnson. The culmination of his career was The Letters of Samuel Johnson, which he began researching in the mid-1920s, and completed in 1952. This remained the definitive edition of Johnson's correspondence until Bruce Redford's The Letters of Samuel Johnson in 1992.


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Scope and Contents

This collection constitutes Chapman's working files for The Letters of Samuel Johnson. No personal material, or material relating to Chapman's other research interests, is included.


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

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