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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2048

Henry Oscar Houghton additional papers


Additional papers of Massachusetts printer and publisher Henry Oscar Houghton. Also includes some family papers, especially those of Boston Museum of Fine Arts Curator, Francis Stewart Kershaw.


  • Creation: 1836-1977

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1 linear feet (2 boxes)

Papers include: correspondence; manuscripts; notes; materials on the Clay and Houghton families and the Atlantic Monthly Contributor's Dinner for 1874; and printed materials. Letters to Kershaw relate to ceramics (Kershaw was the husband of Justine F. Houghton, daughter of HOH).

Correspondents include: Edward Everett; Charles William Eliot; Henry Oscar Houghton (1856- ); Nanna Wyer Houghton; Houghton family members; Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; James Parton; Edna Dean Procter; Horace Elisha Scudder; Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward; and many others.

Biographical / Historical

Houghton was an American printer and publisher, proprietor of the Riverside Press in Cambridge, Mass. and partner, sucessively, in the publishing firms of Hurd and Houghton; Houghton, Osgood & Company; and Houghton, Mifflin & Company.


Arranged into the following series:

  1. I. Houghton family and business correspondence, ca.1813-1977
  2. II. Letters to Francis Stewart Kershaw of the Dept. of Asiatic Art of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

86M-94. Alexander W. Dole, 6 Bond Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138; received: 1986 October.

Separated Materials

See also bMS Am 2048.1 which is part of this accession, but cataloged separately.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Houghton, Henry Oscar, 1823-1895. Henry Oscar Houghton additional papers, 1836-1977: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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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.

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