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MS Am 2652

Lane family. Lane family papers, 1840-1898: 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 2652
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Lane family.
Title: Lane family papers,
Date(s): 1840-1898.
Quantity: 1 collection (3.75 linear feet (8 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English, German, and Latin.
Abstract: Papers of various members of the Lane family of Massachusetts, especially those of Harvard professor of Latin, George Martin Lane (1823-1897), and his son, Gardiner Martin Lane (1859-1914).

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

66M-134. Source unknown; probable 1958 gift to Widener by Katharine Ward Lane Weems, with transfer from Widener to Houghton, 1966.
Brief old accession record at Houghton titled these papers: "Lane by Weems." Volumes were all accompanied by Widener Library searching report slips marked: "058*xx."

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:

Lane Family Papers, 1840-1898 (MS Am 2652). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

There are related Lane family member papers at the Harvard University Archives and at the Schlesinger Library.

Biographical / Historical

George Martin Lane (1823-1897) was the son of Martin Lane and Lucretia Swan Lane. He was Harvard College A.B. 1846 and traveled to Germany in 1847 to study classical philology at universities in Berlin, Bonn, Heidelberg, and Göttingen. He received his Ph.D. from Göttingen in 1851. Upon his return to Cambridge, Lane was appointed Harvard University Professor of Latin, and in 1869 became Harvard's Pope Professor of Latin Language and Literature until his retirement in 1894. He is especially known for his Latin Pronunciation (1871) and his posthumously published Latin Grammar for Schools and Colleges (1898). The Grammar was completed and published by Lane's pupil, Professor Morris H. Morgan. Lane was married in 1857 to Frances Eliza Gardiner (d.1876) and in 1878 to Fanny Bradford Clark. He had three children with his first wife: Gardiner Martin Lane, Louisa Greenough Lane, and Katherine Ward Lane.
Gardiner Martin Lane (1859-1914) was the son of Frances Eliza Gardiner and George Martin Lane. He was Harvard College A.B. 1881, and married to Emma Louise Gildersleeve Lane in 1898. Their only child was sculptor Katharine Ward Lane Weems (1899-1989). Gardiner worked for the Union Pacific Railway Company, later for Lee, Higginson and Company, and also was president of the Board of Trustees of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.


Arranged alphabetically by author, then chronologically.

Scope and Contents

Primarily the papers of George Martin Lane, including his 1847-1849 diary and transcript of this diary; extensive student notes taken while studying in Germany (Berlin, Bonn, Heidelberg, and Göttingen) between 1847-1851; letters from Lane to William Ladd Ropes and Henry A. Whitney; manuscripts assembled for his Latin Grammar for Schools and Colleges, as well as materials assembled by Morris H. Morgan for the 1898 publication of this work; Harvard University examination papers from some of Lane's students of Latin; and other materials.
Also includes a journal, address book, and visiting cards belonging to Gardiner Martin Lane; will papers (1882-1894) of Mary S. Lane; and a transcript of an 1840 diary of an unidentified Lane female.


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