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MS Port 39

Dantas, Júlio, 1876-1962. Júlio Dantas papers, 1870-1960: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Cataloging funded by the Francis P. Scully and Robert G. Scully Class of 1951 Fund.

Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Port 39
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Dantas, Júlio, 1876-1962.
Title: Júlio Dantas papers,
Date(s): 1870-1960.
Quantity: 1 collection (1.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in Portuguese.
Abstract: Letters from friends and colleagues to Portuguese writer Júlio Dantas (1876-1962). Also includes some personal papers and a few letters from Dantas to others.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

87M-109. Purchased with the Amy Lowell fund; received: 1987 December 14.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Jessica Suárez and Jennifer Lopez.

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:

Júlio Dantas Papers, 1870-1960 (MS Port 39). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Júlio Dantas was a Portuguese doctor, poet, diplomat, and writer. Dantas was born in Lagos, Portugal in 1876. After completing his studies in medicine at the University of Lisbon, he served as a doctor in the Portuguese army. Dantas was also a member, and later, president, of the Academy of Sciences of Lisbon. He also held political positions in Portugal as Minister of Education, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and ambassador to Brazil.
In addition to his government positions, Dantas wrote numerous poems, plays, and novels. One of his best known works is the play A ceia dos cardeaes published in 1902, and another is O que morreu de amor. Some of his other works include a collection of poetry, Nada, and historical works such as Pátria Portuguesa.
Júlio Dantas died in Lisbon, Portugal in 1962.


Arranged into the following series:

Scope and Contents

Collection consists primarily of over 400 letters and cards to Júlio Dantas from other Portuguese writers, politicians, scientists, and artists. Correspondents include António Boto, Marcello Caetano, Antonio Ferro, Rocha Martins, Egas Moniz, Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro, António de Oliveira Salazar, and many others. There are also a few letters from Dantas to unidentified others.
The papers also include some autograph compositions by Dantas and others, biographical miscellany, and printed material.


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

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