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MS Am 2651

McClelland, David C. K. David C. K. McClelland diaries and notebooks, 1966-1971: 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 2651
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: McClelland, David C. K.
Title: David C. K. McClelland diaries and notebooks,
Date(s): 1966-1971 and undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Diaries and notebooks kept in the late 1960s and early 1970s by Harvard College undergraduate, David C. K. McClelland.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

71M-119. Deposited by David C. K. McClelland (Harvard Class of 1969), 888 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139; received: 1971 December 14.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
Part of the MS Storage project, 2008-2009.

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:

David C. K. McClelland Diaries and Notebooks, 1966-1971 (MS Am 2651). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

Examples of McClelland's illuminated calligraphic manuscripts are in the collection of Houghton's Department of Printing and Graphic Arts (MS Typ 888).
For original audio fieldwork recordings collected by McClelland, see Celtic Department audio collection [HOLLIS 11288126] for: The Welsh colony in Patagonia sound field recordings, collected by Paul David Lagomarsino and David C. K. McClelland. 1968.

Biographical / Historical

David C. K. McClelland (1947 February 11 - 1976 September 8) attended Harvard College with the Class of 1969. His family was from Rochester, Michigan. While at Harvard he was a member of Lowell House and joined the Harvard Lampoon in his freshman year as a cartoonist, eventually becoming the president. One of his best-known Lampoon covers was his parody of the Bayeaux Tapestry, portraying Harvard's victory over Yale in the Harvard-Yale football game; he also drew the "Boggie" cartoons. During the summer of 1968, he went on a trip to a Welsh colony in Patagonia where he collected field recordings with Paul David Lagomarsio. McClelland also produced beautifully illuminated calligraphic manuscripts, many of which several examples are in the collection of Houghton's Department of Printing and Graphic Arts.


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Scope and Contents

Diaries include McClelland's observations on his life as a Harvard College undergraduate, music, philosophy, psychological difficulties, friends, lovers, his connection to the Philip Hofer family and Houghton Library, and travels. Also concerns his 1968 trip to Patagonia for a field study fellowship, time spent in Michigan, New York City, and San Francisco. Includes some of his cartoon drawings, fiction writing, and much commentary on life and the culture of the late 1960s and early 1970s.


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

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