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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

Conditions Governing Access

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 [2 are portfolio])

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 [2 boxes at HD]

b, pf [2 pf boxes at Houghton]

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.

General note

A portion of this collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
Link to catalog
Forbes, W. Cameron (William Cameron), 1870-1959, complier. W. Cameron Forbes images of the Philippines: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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