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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1115-1115.14

Robert Grant papers


Papers of Robert Grant (Harvard AB 1873), an American novelist and lawyer.


  • 1809-1940

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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7 linear feet (18 boxes, 7 volumes)

Papers include correspondence, manuscripts, family papers, scrapbooks, and other material. Contains mostly letters to Judge Grant, with a few of his to other people. These deal primarily with his novels, although some touch on other of the more public aspects of his life and some are merely personal letters. Also included in this collection are a number of family papers, especially letters to Judge Grant's father, Patrick Grant (1809-1895) as a young man, from his mother and other relatives.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Grant (1852-1940) was a Boston novelist, whose books were primarily social satire. In addition he was for many years judge of the Probate Court and Court of Insolvency in Boston, and an overseer of Harvard. In 1927 he acted as one of three members of the Sacco-Vanzetti Commission.


Arranged into the following series:

  1. I. bMS Am 1115: I. Robert Grant correspondence, compositons, and other material
  2. A. Correspondence, A-Z
  3. B. Letters from unidentified correspondents
  4. C. Articles, speeches, etc., by Robert Grant
  5. D. Miscellaneous
  6. II. bMS Am 1115.1 - bMS Am 1115.14: II. Robert Grant additional papers
  7. A. bMS Am 1115.1: Robert Grant scrapbooks
  8. B. bMS Am 1115.2: The confessions of a frivoulous girl
  9. C. bMS Am 1115.3: Wise & otherwise or The opinions of a philosopher
  10. D. bMS Am 1115.4: The bachelor's christmas
  11. E. bMS Am 1115.5: The art of living
  12. F. bMS Am 1115.6: Harvard College in the seventies
  13. G. bMS Am 1115.7: The undercurrent
  14. H. bMS Am 1115.8: The orchid
  15. I. bMS Am 1115.9: The law breakers
  16. J. bMS Am 1115.10: The Chippendales
  17. K. bMS Am 1115.11: The convictions of a grandfather
  18. L. bMS Am 1115.12: The high priestess
  19. M. bMS Am 1115.13: The bishop's grand-daughter
  20. N. bMS Am 1115.14: Memories of eighty years

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

bMS Am 1115 and 1115.1: Given in memory of Robert Grant, Harvard Class of 1873, by his sons, Robert Grant Jr., Alexander Galt Grant, and Gordon Grant. ; received: 1940 Jul.22.

bMS Am 1115.2-1115.14: Gift of Robert Grant; received: 1934-1935.

Processing Information

Enhanced with digital content by Alison Harris.

Grant, Robert, 1852-1940. Robert Grant papers, 1809-1940: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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