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MS Am 2544

Keller, Carl Tilden, 1872-1955. Carl Tilden Keller papers, 1908-1954: 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 2544
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Keller, Carl Tilden, 1872-1955.
Title: Carl Tilden Keller papers,
Date(s): 1908-1954.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English, Spanish, and Chinese.
Abstract: Correspondence and other papers of American book collector, Carl Tilden Keller.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

46CM-1F. Gift of Carl T. Keller; received: 1946 August 26.
51M-309F. Gift of Carl T. Keller, 80 Federal Street, Boston 10, Massachusetts; received: 1952.
56M-168. Bequest of Carl T. Keller; received: 1957 April 11.

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Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

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 what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Carl Tilden Keller Papers, 1908-1954 (MS Am 2544). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

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Biographical / Historical

Carl Tilden Keller (1872-1955) was a Harvard College graduate (AB 1894), an accountant, partner with Lybrand, Ross Bros. & Montgomery in Boston, and a book collector. In 1898 he married Marian Mandell Keller (d.1954). He was a vice chairman and trustee of the Harvard Yenching Institute. As a collector of rare materials, Keller was especially known for collecting rare editions of Cervantes' Don Quixote and for attempting to obtain translations of Don Quixote in all major languages of the world. Keller was a friend and supporter of Sir (Marc) Aurel Stein (1862-1943), a Hungarian born, British archaeologist, explorer, and geographer.


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Scope and Contents

Papers are primarily correspondence but also include a few printed items, compositions, photographs, and notes by Keller. Content deals with Keller's pursuit of collecting rare editions of Cervantes' Don Quixote, as well as translations into all languages. Collection also includes much correspondence with his friend, explorer Sir Aurel Stein.


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

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