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MS Am 3041

Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965. T. S. Eliot family papers, 1896-1958: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 3041
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965.
Title: T. S. Eliot family papers,
Date(s): 1896-1958
Quantity: 3 linear feet (8 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Family and business correspondence of poet T. S. Eliot and his family, as well as photographs, other correspondence, and a few miscellaneous materials.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

59M-126. Gift of Theresa Garrett Eliot [Mrs. Henry Ware Eliot, Jr.]; received: 1959 December.
99M-22. Gift of Theresa Garrett Eliot [Mrs. Henry Ware Eliot, Jr.]; received: 1959 December.
The material cataloged below was collected by Henry and Theresa Eliot and placed in the vault of the Houghton Library. It was removed from the vault and fully cataloged in July of 2015.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
Original cataloging list for 59M-126 has been removed to curatorial file.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to most of this material, however access to original unpublished T. S. Eliot material requires the permission of the Eliot estate. [Formerly all materials were restricted to Vault and required permission of Librarian of Houghton.]

Preferred Citation for Publication:

T. S. Eliot Family Papers, 1896-1958 (MS Am 3041). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

See HOLLIS and OASIS for other T. S. Eliot and Eliot family papers held by the Houghton Library.

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Stearns Eliot (1888–1965) was an American-born, British-naturalized, literary critic, publisher, essayist, playwright, and one of the twentieth century's major poets.
T. S. Eliot's brother, Henry Ware Eliot, Jr. and sister-in-law, Theresa Garrett Eliot, collected letters and other materials concerning T. S. Eliot and his family.
A few of the primary family names associated with this collection are listed below, with relationship to T. S. Eliot:


Arranged into the following series:

Scope and Contents

Includes extensive autograph manuscript and typescript correspondence between T. S. Eliot and his mother (Charlotte Eliot), his father (Henry Ware Eliot, Sr.), and his brother (Henry Ware Eliot, Jr.). Also includes letters between other family members such as: Eliot's first wife Vivienne Eliot to Theresa Garrett Eliot and Henry Ware Eliot, Jr.; and Eliot's second wife Valerie to Theresa Garrett Eliot. Other letters feature: a letter from Ezra Pound to T. S. Eliot's father (Henry Ware Elliot, Sr.) expounding on Eliot's importance to the literary world; letters from Bertrand Russell to Charlotte Eliot concerning T.S. Eliot's ability; and many others. Also contains: extensive correspondence between Henry Ware Eliot, Jr. and his mother, Charlotte Eliot, especially concerning family business and legal transactions, as well as personal matters; and a set of letters concerning legal matters concerning the unauthorized use of The Wasteland in the Boni Anthology. Additionally the collection contains other materials such as: photographs of T. S. Eliot, Vivienne Eliot, and many others; a few printed items; and manuscript notes by Henry Ware Eliot, Jr.

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