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MS Eng 1813

Castañé, José María, collector. José María Castañé collection of Sir Arthur "Bomber" Harris correspondence, 1972-1980 (MS Eng 1813): Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MS Eng 1813
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Castañé, José María
Creator: Harris, Arthur Travers, Sir, 1892-1984
Creator: Wright, Robert, 1912-
Title: José María Castañé collection of Sir Arthur "Bomber" Harris correspondence
Date(s): 1972-1980
Quantity: .3 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence between Sir Arthur "Bomber" Harris and Robert Wright.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2014M-120. Gift of José María Castañé and the Fundación José María Castañé, 2015.

Processing Information:

Processed by Michael Austin, 2017.

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

José María Castañé Collection of Sir Arthur "Bomber" Harris Correspondence, 1972-1980 (MS Eng 1813). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

José María Castañé is a Spanish businessman and patron of the arts. His collection of artifacts and documents relating to the major conflicts of the 20th century, of which Sir Arthur Harris's correspondence forms one part, was compiled over some 25 years. A substantial portion of the Castañé Collection was donated to Harvard University's Houghton Library in 2015.


Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

Consists of 72 letters exchanged between Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Arthur Harris and military historian Robert Wright (b. 1912) regarding the former's role in the Allied air campaign to defeat the Axis powers. An RAF serviceman himself during the Second World War, Wright was concerned with justifying Harris's controversial strategy of area bombing, in which civilians and non-military targets were included, as a component of the policy of "total war" waged by Britain against Nazi Germany.
NB: Harris's letters are signed autograph originals; Wright's are a mix of signed autograph originals and carbon copies.

Other Finding Aids

An inventory of the collection in Spanish, compiled by Castañé, is extant in both paper and electronic form. Please consult Houghton Library reference staff to access this material.

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Additional Index Terms

Castañé, José María