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MS Am 2724

Leech, Margaret,1893-1974. Margaret Leech additional papers, circa 1899-1994: PRELIMINARY BOX LIST.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Am 2724
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Leech, Margaret, 1893-1974.
Title: Margaret Leech additional papers
Date(s): 1899-1994
Quantity: 3.25 linear feet (4 boxes)
Language of materials: English.
Abstract: Preliminary box list only for additional papers of American author and historian Margaret Leech and the Pulitzer family.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2010M-97. Gift of Nathaniel Freedberg; received: 2011 May 6.

Processing Information:

Accessioned by: Melanie Wisner

Conditions Governing Access:

RESTRICTED: Collection is unprocessed. Access to collection requires permission of curator.
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.

Related Materials

The Houghton Library holds other papers of Margaret Leech (see the finding aid).

Biographical / Historical

Margaret Kernochan Leech (November 7, 1893 – February 24, 1974) also known as Margaret Pulitzer, was an American author and historian who won two Pulitzer Prizes in history, for her books Reveille in Washington (1942) and In the days of McKinley (1960). She began writing for the Condé Nast publishing company before World War I and also worked in advertising and publicity. After the war, she became friendly with the notables of the Algonquin Round Table. She married Ralph Pulitzer, publisher of the New York world, in 1928 (his father, Joseph Pulitzer, had established the Pulitzer Prize). They had one daughter, Susan, who graduated from Wellesley College in 1953 and married Sydney J. Freedberg in 1954.


Arrangement is a rough box list only and materials are not fully cataloged. Readers should note that when fully processed, the order of materials may change.

Scope and Contents

The collection includes photographs of Margaret Leech, her family, and friends and acquaintances; a few childhood compositions by her as well as research material relating to her work, In the days of McKinley; her two Pulitzer Prize certificates; correspondence with her daughter, Susan, as well as Susan's childhood writings, drawings, and schoolwork; family and other correspondence; and clippings of Ralph Pulitzer's editorials.


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

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