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MS Eng 1685

McElwain, Alexander, 1897-. Alexander McElwain papers on George Sandys, 1925-1956: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Eng 1685
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: McElwain, Alexander, 1897-.
Title: Alexander McElwain papers on George Sandys,
Date(s): 1925-1956.
Quantity: 1 collection (2 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Papers relating to Alexander McElwain's research on English poet George Sandys.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

56M-167. Gift of Alexander McElwain (AB 1921); received: 1956.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
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:

Alexander McElwain Papers on George Sandys, 1925-1956 (MS Eng 1685). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Alexander McElwain (born 1897) received a Harvard AB with the Class of 1921 and attended the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. McElwain as a scholar and was especially interested in George Sandys (1578-1644), who was an English traveller, American colonist, and poet.


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Scope and Contents

Correspondence concerns McElwain's gathering research on George Sandys from various persons and libraries apparently for graduate work at Harvard's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Compositions include McElwain's autograph manuscript and typescript research notes and drafts of writings, as well as some of his school papers for English 74 and 186 at Harvard. Some materials seem to have been given to Harvard professor James Buell Munn. There are also manuscript transcripts and notes in other hands; a printed map dated 1867, and genealogies on the Sandys family among other items.


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