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MS Thr 580

Towne, Arthur Whittlesey. Arthur Whittlesey Towne papers on conjoined twins, 1829-1943: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 580
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Arthur Whittlesey Towne papers on conjoined twins,
Date(s): 1829-1943.
Quantity: 1 collection (1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English, with a few in German.
Abstract: Papers assembled by child welfare activitist Arthur Whittlesey Towne concerning conjoined twins.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Transfer from Widener Library; received: 1962.
Collection also includes a few items folded in from other sources that concern conjoined twins.


Gift of Mrs. Norbert LeVeillie to the Harvard Medical School, 195?

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

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:

Arthur Whittlesey Towne Papers on Conjoined Twins, 1829-1943 (MS Thr 580). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Arthur Whittlesey Towne received an SB from Amherst College in 1901 and an AB from Harvard University in 1902. He was on the New York State Probation Commission in 1907, a member of the Childrens Aid Society in Brooklyn, and superintendent of the Brooklyn Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. While engaged in child welfare in Brooklyn he was involved with a 1918-1919 court case of coinjoined twins (Lucio and Simplicio Godine), and later became personally acquainted with other such twins and collected and wrote materials about them. Towne later moved to Syracuse, New York. It appears that his manuscript compositons on conjoined twins were never published.


Organized into the following series:

Scope and Contents

Includes letters Towne wrote soliciting information about conjoined twins, his drafts of manuscripts for books and articles about various twins, printed material about conjoined twins, and images of various pairs of twins, including photographs, clippings, and prints. Especially includes information and images on twins: Cheng and Eng Bunker and Lucio and Simplicio Godino.


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