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MS Eng 1750

Puzzles, box game, and playing cards, ca. 1785-190-: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: z [Z-Closet Collection]
Call No.: MS Eng 1750
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Puzzles, box game, and playing cards,
Date(s): 1785-190- and undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English and German.
Abstract: Puzzles, box game, and playing cards from England and the United States.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

59Z-6 [items (1) - (17)]. Gift of Mrs. Horatio Appleton Lamb [Annie Lawrence Rotch Lamb, b.1857-); received: 1940 November 18.
Items (18) and (19). Donor and date unknown.
Entire collection was transferred from Widener Library, 1960 May.

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:

Puzzles, Box Game, and Playing Cards, ca. 1790-190- (MS Eng 1750). Houghton Library, Harvard University.


Organized as received, in accession number order, into the following three series:

Scope and Contents

Includes 3 English wood dissection puzzles (jigsaw puzzles) from the 18th-century (some include hand-colored print), 1 accordion paper box game in English and German, and 14 printed playing card games. Also includes a manuscript playing card game formerly belonging to (and/or created by?) Edith Rotch (1847-1897) and a manuscript of song lyrics. Item (4) also belonged to Edith Rotch.
Boxes listed below are the original boxes comprising decks of cards or puzzle pieces.

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