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MS Am 2759

Thayer, Ezra Ripley, 1866-1915. Ezra Ripley Thayer papers concerning Leonard Merrick, 1900-1912: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Am 2759
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Thayer, Ezra Ripley, 1866-1915.
Title: Ezra Ripley Thayer papers concerning Leonard Merrick,
Date(s): 1900-1912.
Quantity: 1 collection (.25 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Primarily letters from British author Leonard Merrick to American lawyer and Harvard Law School dean, Ezra Ripley Thayer. Also includes other papers concerning Merrick and Thayer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

89M-39. Gift of Mrs. Donald Starr; received: 1989 August 4.

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:

Ezra Ripley Thayer Papers concerning Leonard Merrick, 1900-1912 (MS Am 2759). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Ezra Ripley Thayer (1866-1915) was an attorney, teacher, and administrator. He received an A.B. from Harvard College in 1888 and an LL.B. from the Harvard Law School in 1891. He was a partner in Boston with the firm of Storey, Thorndike, Palmer & Thayer, and was the Dane Professor at the Harvard Law School and Dean from 1910-1915. In 1915, at age 49, Thayer committed suicide while suffering from acute depression.
Leonard Merrick (1864-1939) was a British dramatist, actor, and novelist. He was well regarded by other writers of his era with J. M. Barrie calling Merrick the "novelist's novelist." In 1918 fifteen writers collaborated with publisher E. P. Dutton to issue a fifteen volume The works of Leonard Merrick.


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Scope and Contents

Ezra Ripley Thayer was a fan of Leonard Merrick's work and this collection concerns their friendship and Thayer's assistance concerning publication of Merrick's novels in the United States. Includes autograph manuscript letters primarily from Merrick to Thayer, with only a few written by Thayer. Also includes letters from various others to Thayer about Merrick and clippings.


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