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MS Am 2913

Emerson, Frances White Moffat. Frances White Moffat Emerson and Donald Moffat family papers, circa 1892-1958 (MS Am 2913): Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Am 2913
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Emerson, Frances White Moffat.
Title: Frances White Moffat Emerson and Donald Moffat family papers
Date(s): circa 1892-1958
Quantity: 3.3 linear feet (4 boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Personal and family papers of Frances White Moffat (later Mrs. William Emerson) and her son, the author Donald Moffat.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2012M-144. Gift of Andrew D. Ellison; received: 2013 April 12.
2018M-076. Gift of Patricia Kasdan, 2018 January 22 (2 1946 letters from Donald Moffat to Ilah MacDermot).

Processing Information:

Accessioned by: Melanie Wisner.

Conditions Governing Access:

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.

Biographical / Historical

Frances Hillard White (1869-1957) was the daughter of book and manuscript collector William Augustus White and inherited his collection. She married George Barclay Moffat, with whom she had five children, including Donald Moffat; she was later married to William Emerson.
Donald Moffat (1894-1958) graduated from Harvard in 1916. He volunteered for the American Field Service in France during World War I; he went on to become a writer, authoring at least three books, numerous travel articles for the New Yorker, and amateur plays. In 1918 he married Pauline Baker DeCamp (daughter of the painter, Joseph Rodefer DeCamp); they had four children.


Arrangement is original and materials are not fully cataloged. Readers should note that when fully processed, the order of materials may change.

Scope and Contents

Materials include corrrespondence, plays, poems, stories, essays, diaries, wills, and photographs.


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

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