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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2212

W. Cameron Forbes images of the Philippines


Images, mostly from the Philippines, relating to the career of American business and government executive William Cameron Forbes.


  • 1907-1946

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There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

A portion of this collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Conditions Governing Use

Images linked to this finding aid are intended for public access and educational use. This material is owned and/or held by the Houghton Library, and is provided solely for the purpose of teaching or individual research. Any other use, including commercial reuse, mounting on other systems, or other forms of redistribution requires the permission of the curator.


2 linear feet (4 boxes)

Some of the images are not from WCF's term as governor-general of the Philippines, but from other periods of his life. There are extensive notes by WCF on the verso of a few of the images.

Includes portrait and group photographs of WCF and his friends and colleagues, drawings, printed maps of the Philippines, watercolors, picture postcards, printed materials, and a cartoon of WCF. Some items are signed by the image subject.

Biographical / Historical

Forbes was an American business and government executive. He served as governor-general of the Philippines, 1909-1913, and ambasador to Japan, 1930-1932.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Photographs of individuals
  2. II. Photographs of groups
  3. III. Other visual materials

Physical Location

Harvard Depository and onsite

Immediate Source of Acquisition

77M-82. Gift of W. Cameron Forbes; received: 1915-1951.

Photographs are all stamped on verso with Harvard College Library stamp and apparently were transferred to Houghton after acquisition.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Forbes, W. Cameron (William Cameron), 1870-1959, complier. W. Cameron Forbes images of the Philippines: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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