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MS Am 2615

Dana, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1881-1950. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Dana papers on Henri Barbusse and Sacco-Vanzetti, 1913-1949: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Am 2615
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Dana, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1881-1950.
Title: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Dana papers on Henri Barbusse and Sacco-Vanzetti,
Date(s): 1913-1949.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are predominantly in English and French; some in Russian.
Abstract: Papers of political activist and literary scholar Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Dana concerning the life of Henri Barbusse and the Sacco-Vanzetti case.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

56M-230. Gift of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Dana; received: 1956 January 1. Transferred from the Printed Book Department (*56-1829) to the Manuscript Department, 1956.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Michael W. Austin

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Dana Papers on Henri Barbusse and Sacco-Vanzetti, 1913-1949 (MS Am 2615). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ("Harry") Dana, Harvard AB 1903, AM 1904, PhD 1910 taught English at the University of Paris (Sorbonne) from 1908 to 1910 and comparative literature at Columbia University from 1912 to 1917, when he was dismissed for pacifist activities. Thereafter he continued to teach compartive literature and Russian studies at a variety of educational institutions and was deeply involved in progressive political activities, particularly in advancing the cause of global socialism and supporting labor unions and worker education. Throughout his life he traveled widely, living in the Soviet Union from 1927 to 1928 and visiting major centers of European drama such as London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, and Budapest. The bulk of his literary oeuvre focused on Soviet drama; he also wrote a history of the Dana family, The Dana Saga, and produced an edition of the novel of his paternal grandfather, Richard Henry Dana, Jr., Two Years Before the Mast. Beginning in 1917, Dana was granted life tenancy of the Vassall-Craigie-Longfellow House at 105 Brattle St., Cambridge, Mass. and became its first curator when the residence was made a national monument and research center administered by the US National Park Service.


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Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence from Henri Barbusse, Bartolomeo Vanzetti, and others to Dana; articles and speeches by Dana on the Sacco-Vanzetti case and on Barbusse; speeches by Barbusse; clippings on Barbusse, socialism, and pacifism during the inter-war years; drawings and photographs of Barbusse.


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