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MS AmW 104

Turner, Frederick Jackson, 1861-1932. Frederick Jackson Turner correspondence, 1889-1927: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS AmW 104
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Turner, Frederick Jackson, 1861-1932.
Title: Frederick Jackson Turner correspondence,
Date(s): 1889-1927.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence of American historian Frederick Jackson Turner including letters from Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Atlantic Monthly editors, and others.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Forms part of the collection of Western Americana Manuscripts at Houghton Library, collected under the auspices of the Harvard Commission on Western History.
No accession number. Gift of Frederick Jackson Turner, Cambridge, Massachusetts; received: 1924 May 31. Letters concerning acquistion of this collection are cataloged as Series IV. below.

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Frederick Jackson Turner Correspondence, 1889-1927 (MS AmW 104). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Frederick Jackson Turner (1861–1932) was an American historian. He graduated with a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1884, obtained his Ph.D. in history from Johns Hopkins University in 1890, and was a professor of history at Wisconsin from1890-1910. Turner was a professor of history at Harvard University from 1911-1924. He is best known for his The Significance of the Frontier in American History.


Arranged into the following series: Each series is arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

Chiefly letters to Turner concerning his writings on the American West, a few of Turner's notes on the correspondence, and two printed articles by Turner: The problem of the American West and Problems in American history. Includes letters to Turner from Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, and William Edward Dodd. Contains correspondence with Houghton, Mifflin and Company and the Atlantic Monthly, especially with Atlantic Monthly editors Horace Elisha Scudder, Walter Hines Page, and Bliss Perry. Also includes letters from Turner to William Peterfield Trent, from Woodrow Wilson to Reuben Gold Thwaites, and from Turner to the Harvard College Library and to Ray Stannard Baker.

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