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MS Eng 1769

Gay, Ernest Lewis, 1874-1916. Ernest Lewis Gay notes on John Gay, 1908-1916: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: f, MS
Call No.: MS Eng 1769
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Gay, Ernest Lewis, 1874-1916.
Title: Ernest Lewis Gay notes on John Gay,
Date(s): 1908-1916 and undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (1.5 linear feet (17 volumes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Notes assembled by American librarian and collector Ernest Lewis Gay on British playwright and poet, John Gay.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Gift of George Henry Gay; received: 1927 June 15. Recataloged from: 15461.10*- 15461.23*.
Volumes all include a bookplate with text: "Harvard College Library. From the collection of the writings of the poet John Gay 1685-1732. Made by Ernest Lewis Gay of the Class of 1897. Given to the library in fulfillment of his desires by his nephew George Henry Gay, June, 1927."

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Conditions Governing Access:

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

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Ernest Lewis Gay Notes on John Gay, 1908-1913 (MS Eng 1769). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

See also HOLLIS and OASIS for additional material held by the Houghton Library relating to the Ernest Lewis Gay collection on John Gay, and other Ernest Lewis Gay papers.

Biographical / Historical

Ernest Lewis Gay (1874-1916) was a librarian of the University Club and a book collector of Boston, Massachusetts. He collected materials especially concerning the English poet and playwright, John Gay (1685-1732). He received an AB from Harvard College in 1897. His brother, Frederick Lewis Gay (1857-1916), was also a collector, and attended Harvard College with the class of 1878.


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Scope and Contents

Ernest Lewis Gay's autograph manuscript notes on all aspects of the British poet and playwright, John Gay. Includes lists of holdings in Ernest Lewis Gay's collection, as well holdings in other libraries. Also includes clippings relating to John Gay and a few letters to Ernest Lewis Gay.

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