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MS Am 1914

Kittredge, George Lyman, 1860-1941. George Lyman Kittredge notebooks, 1878-1886: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1914
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Kittredge, George Lyman, 1860-1941.
Title: George Lyman Kittredge notebooks,
Date(s): 1878-1886.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.25 linear ft.)
Language of materials: The material transcribed is in German, French, and Latin, Greek, as well as English.
Abstract: Autograph manuscript notebooks kept by American scholar George Lyman Kittredge from 1878-1886.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

74M-58. Gift of Bartlett J. Whiting, from the Kittredge estate; received: 1975 May 1.

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.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

George Lyman Kittredge Notebooks, 1878-1886 (MS Am 1914). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

George Lyman Kittredge (1860-1941; Harvard AB 1882) was a medievalist, author, editor, and professor of English literature at Harvard University (1888-1936). One of his areas of study was medieval superstitions, particularly witchcraft. He was also of great importance in American folklore studies, and was instrumental in encouraging American folk song and folklore collecting among all ethnic groups in all regions of the country.


Arranged chronologically, in volume number order.

Scope and Contents

Includes four notebooks kept by Kittredge while an undergraduate at Harvard, and in the years following his graduation of 1882, prior to beginning his graduate studies at Harvard in 1888. Volumes contain: transcripts of poems by various poets, mostly English before 1700 and notes; tales, legends, myths, and romances reflecting various European customs and superstitions; and miscellaneous notes, ballad texts, and quotes.
Volume covers are in poor condition.

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