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MS Thr 470 (1502) - (1532)

Rogers, Henry Munroe, 1839-1937, collector. Rogers Memorial Collection: Realia, 1796-1936: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository, b
Call No.: MS Thr 470 (1502) - (1532)
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Rogers, Henry Munroe, 1839-1937, collector.
Title: Rogers Memorial Collection: Realia,
Date(s): 1796-1936.
Quantity: 1 collection (3.75 linear feet (5 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Artifacts collected by Henry Munroe Rogers and Clara Kathleen Rogers, including silverware, pins, medals, oil portraits, and a scrolled palm leaf manuscript.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Gift of Clara Kathleen Rogers and Henry Munroe Rogers; received: 1930.
The core of the collection arrived in 1930, but Henry Munroe Rogers continued to add material informally through 1937.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Rick Stattler
Most of these items were formerly housed in the Rogers Memorial Room display cabinet.
Labels moved to curatorial file.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
A portion of 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:

Rogers Memorial Collection: Realia, 1796-1936 (MS Thr 470 (1502)-(1532)). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Separated Materials

The Rogers Memorial Collection, of which this is Series VIII, contains literary, musical and historical material from Boston circa 1860-1937, and memorabilia of the English composer John Barnett (1802-1890). A master list of the Rogers Memorial Collection series can be found in HOLLIS 10104119.

Biographical / Historical

Henry Munroe Rogers (1839-1937) was a Boston lawyer and a patron of local theater. Born in Boston, he was one of six children of John Hicks Rogers and Lucy Catherine Smith. He attended Harvard College (A.B. 1862; L.L.B. 1867) and served as a paymaster in the United States Navy during the Civil War. He became a successful Boston lawyer and a charter member in the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. After his marriage in 1878 to the English opera singer Clara Kathleen Barnett (daughter of the English composer John Barnett), the couple entertained many theatrical, literary and musical luminaries in their home.


For a description of the Rogers Memorial Collection, see The Rogers Memorial Room: an account of the nature, origin, and significance of the memorabilia presented to Harvard College in 1930 by Clara Kathleen & Henry Munroe Rogers ([Boston] : Cosmos Press, 1935).


Arranged alphabetically by title.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of artifacts collected by Henry Munroe Rogers and Clara Kathleen Rogers, including silverware, pins, medals, and other formats. Several items relate to Harvard University. Particularly interesting items include four small paintings of family members, all by unidentified artists; a tankard which was apparently manufactured in 1796; a silver cup from 1854 which was presented by Franz Liszt to Rosamund Liszt Marie Francillon; and a cup and pin commemorating John Boyle O'Reilly.


The majority of this collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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