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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1088.1

Letters received by the Norton family


Letters from various persons to the family members of Charles Eliot Norton, including his mother, wife, sisters, and his children.


  • 1830-1920

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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2.5 linear feet (6 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Charles Eliot Norton was an American author, editor, and teacher. He was a professor of the history of fine arts at Harvard. Catherine Eliot Norton (1793-1879) was his mother, Sara Norton (1864-1922) and Elizabeth Gaskell Norton (b.1866) were his daughters, and Margaret Palmer (Meyer) Norton was the wife of his son, Eliot Norton (1863-1932).


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Letters to Catherine (Eliot) Norton;
  2. II. Letters to Jane Norton;
  3. III. Letters to Grace Norton;
  4. IV. Letters to Susan (Sedgwick) Norton;
  5. V. Letters to Eliot Norton;
  6. VI. Letters to Margaret Palmer (Meyer) Norton;
  7. VII. Letters to Sara Norton;
  8. VIII. Letters to Elizabeth Gaskell Norton;
  9. IX. Letters to Rupert Norton;
  10. X. Letters to other members of the Norton family; and
  11. XI. Letters to the family, and to unidentified Norton family members.

Arranged alphabetically within each series by name of correspondent.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by various members of the Norton family; received: 1914-1949.

Processing Information

Recataloged from MS Am 9028.

Norton family, recipient. Letters received by the Norton family, 1830-1920: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Language of description

Repository Details

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