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MS Am 2939

Bamburgh, William Cushing. William Cushing Bamburgh notes for a life of Ben Jonson, 1898-1925: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Am 2939
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Bamburgh, William Cushing.
Title: William Cushing Bamburgh notes for a life of Ben Jonson,
Date(s): 1898-1925.
Quantity: 1 collection (5 linear feet (11 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Research papers assembled by American writer William Cushing Bamburgh, on Jacobean playwright, poet, and literary critic, Ben Jonson.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number; Gift of Mrs. Alice Bamburgh Goldman; received: 1933 May 19. Recataloged from 14427.31.30*

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt.
Collection material was originally housed in leather three-ring notebooks. During final cataloging in 2013, the paper was removed from the red-rotting notebooks and the notebooks were discarded.

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:

William Cushing Bamburgh Notes for a Life of Ben Jonson, 1898-1925 (MS Am 2939). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Ben Jonson (Benjamin Jonson, 1573?-1637) was a Jacobean playwright, poet, and literary critic. He is best known for his satirical plays and is generally regarded as the second most important English dramatist, after William Shakespeare, during the reign of James I.
William Cushing Bamburgh was born to Sarah Cushing Bamburgh in Massachusetts ca. 1868. He was married to Alice I. Bamburgh and they had a number of children, including: Mary E. Bamburgh Procter, Margarete Bamburgh, and William C. Bamburgh, Jr. They lived in New Jersey and Connecticut. He was an author who published a book of poetry and other items and for a time, the advertising manager of the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company.


Arranged in volume order.

Scope and Contents

Collection includes manuscript and printed material relating to Ben Jonson and his times. Formats include: autograph manuscript, manuscript, typescript carbon, typescript, clippings, printed articles, printed pamphlets, and printed leaflets.


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

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