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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Typ 777

William Bentinck-Smith papers


Papers concern the formation of a collection of type specimens deposited by William Bentinck-Smith in the Houghton Library.


  • 1941-1975

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.33 linear feet (1 box)

The papers mostly relate to the formation of a collection of type specimens deposited by Bentinck-Smith in Houghton Library in 1955. Correspondents include B.H. Breslauer, John Dreyfus, I.K. Fletcher, Ralph Green, W.A. Jackson, Walter Schatzki, Rollo G. Silver, and Richard S. Wormser.

Biographical / Historical

William Bentinck-Smith was a Harvard administrator, historian of Widener Library, and book collector.


Arranged into the following series:

  1. I. Letters to William Bentinck-Smith
  2. II. Other papers

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition


Bequest of William Bentinck-Smith; received: 1993 November 1.

Processing Information

Processed by: James F. Coakley

Bentinck-Smith, William, 1914-1993. William Bentinck-Smith papers, 1941-1975: 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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