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MS Ital 75

Sympathy letters for victims of the Messina and Reggio earthquakes, 1908-1911: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: f
Call No.: MS Ital 75
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Sympathy letters for victims of the Messina and Reggio earthquakes,
Date(s): 1908-1911.
Quantity: 1 collection (.1 linear feet (1 volume)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English, French, German, Italian and Latin.
Abstract: Album containing letters, poems and music sent in sympathy after the earthquakes at Messina and Reggio in December 1908.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

54CM-39. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ward M. Canaday, The Overland Corporation, 500 Securities Bldg., Toledo, Ohio; received: Deposit, 1955 June 15; Gift, 1964 December 30.


Bookplate of Adriana R. Salem.

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Sympathy Letters for Victims of the Messina and Reggio Earthquakes, 1908-1911 (MS Ital 75). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Europe's most deadly earthquake, measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale, followed by a devastating tsunami, destroyed the towns of Messina and Reggio Calabria on the morning of 28 December 1908. The death toll reached about 100,000; another 200,000 were homeless. Survivors were relocated to other parts of Italy, while others were forced to emigrate, including some 850 people on the Ship Florida, bound for New York City in 1909.

Scope and Contents

Letters and poems in English, French, German, Italian and Latin, as well as manuscript music excerpts with lyrics, by notable composers, authors, playwrights, and other celebrities, expressing condolences; bound in an album of tan morocco.
Item numbers following page numbering in the album.

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