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MS Am 2531

Rollins, Hyder Edward, 1889-1958, recipient. Letters sent to Hyder Edward Rollins, 1927-1946: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Am 2531
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Rollins, Hyder Edward, 1889-1958, recipient.
Title: Letters sent to Hyder Edward Rollins
Date(s): 1944-1946
Date(s): 1927-1946
Quantity: .5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters sent to Harvard professor of English, Hyder Edward Rollins, from his former students and colleagues. Especially includes letters sent during, and shortly after, World War II.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

46M-422. Gift of Professor Hyder Edward Rollins, 1 Waterhouse Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts; received: 1946 November 4.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
Formerly restricted; restriction removed 2007 April 26.

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research.
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:

Letters sent to Hyder Edward Rollins, 1927-1946 (MS Am 2531). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Hyder Edward Rollins (1889-1958) was born in Abilene, Texas. In 1910 he received a B.A. from Southwestern University, an M.A. from the University of Texas in 1912, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1917. In 1919 he went to Europe on a Harvard Sheldon Traveling Fellowship and in 1920 he was appointed assistant professor at New York University, becoming a full professor four years later. In 1926 he returned to Harvard, later succeeding George Lyman Kittredge as the Gurney Professor of English (1939-1956). Rollins never married, died in 1958, and was buried in Abilene, Texas.


Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Scope and Contents

The bulk of these letters are from Harvard men who were taught by Rollins as undergraduates or doctoral students. Most of these students moved on to other universities to pursue academic careers in the field of literature. The bulk of letters are from the World War II time period (ca. 1944-1946) and primarily span topics of the war, military service, as well as their career concerns.
Some folders were marked "From Harvard servicemen" and contain letters specifically about World War II military service. This designation was retained in the notes below. A few items have autograph annotations by Rollins.

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