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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2030-2030.4

Houghton Mifflin Company records


Records of the Houghton Mifflin Publishing Company and its predecessors.


  • Creation: 1866-1968

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to most of this material.

Some materials in Box 17, Box 19, Box 22, Box 23, and Box 28, as well as Volumes 88, 214, 323, and 353 are all restricted for preservation as of January 2023. They will be reopened for access when preservation is completed.


55 linear feet (391 volumes and 30 boxes)

Records of Houghton Mifflin and its predecessors, containing papers relating to both the printing and publishing branches of the business. Includes cost books, sales books, invoice books, sheet stock books and ledgers; letterbooks, containing copies of outgoing letters; scrapbooks; clippings; a few compositions and photographs; and diaries of Horace E. Scudder concerning his work as editor of the Riverside Magazine for Young People.


Arranged into the following series (for detailed listings, see arrangement at beginning of each series below):

  1. MS Am 2030: I. Records of the publisher Houghton Mifflin Company and its precedessors
  2. MS Am 2030.1: II. Records of the printer H. O. Houghton and Company and its predecessors
  3. MS Am 2030.2: III. Records of the publisher Ticknor and Fields and related firms
  4. MS Am 2030.3: IV: Records of the publisher James R. Osgood and Company (1880-1885) and Ticknor and Company (1885-1893)
  5. MS Am 2030.4: V. Miscellaneous records deposited by Houghton Mifflin Company
  6. Appendix: VI. Concordance to earlier shelfmarks for these records

Physical Location

MS, f, b, HD

Immediate Source of Acquisition

43M-701; 47M-223F; 47M-224F; 47M-225F; 47M-226F; 47M-227F; 47M-228F; 47M-229F; 47M-230F; 47M-231F; 53M-12. Records deposited and later given by Houghton Mifflin Company, 2 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts: received 1943-1980; Gift 1992.

Related Materials

Unbound correspondence deposited by Houghton Mifflin Company is catalogued as bMS Am 1925, for details see the finding aid to that collection. Other records and correspondence deposited by Houghton Mifflin Company are in MS Storage. For full information relating to Houghton's holdings on the Houghton Mifflin Company and its related firms consult HOLLIS and the Houghton Public Service staff.

General note

In the following records "copyright" is used in the 19th century sense of royalty.

Processing Information

Processed by: Michael Winship

Houghton Mifflin Company. Houghton Mifflin Company records, 1866-1968: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, archives, and more. Houghton Library's collections represent the scope of human experience from ancient Egypt to twenty-first century Cambridge. With strengths primarily in North American and European history, literature, and culture, collections range in media from printed books and handwritten manuscripts to maps, drawings and paintings, prints, posters, photographs, film and audio recordings, and digital media, as well as costumes, theater props, and a wide range of other objects. Houghton Library has historically focused on collecting the written record of European and Eurocentric North American culture, yet it holds a large and diverse number of primary sources valuable for research on the languages, culture and history of indigenous peoples of the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

Houghton Library’s Reading Room is free and open to all who wish to use the library’s collections.

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