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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2286

John Jay Chapman letters to Theodore Baird and other papers


Letters from American essayist and poet, John Jay Chapman giving advice on reading and other matters.


  • 1901-1958

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

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.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

John Jay Chapman's letters to Baird contain thoughts and advice on reading and other matters concerning young Baird's life and studies. Elizabeth Chapman's letters concern securing her husband's letters to Baird for possible publication. Collection also contains clippings on various members of the Chapman family and pamphlets by or about John Jay Chapman.

Biographical / Historical

John Jay Chapman was an American essayist, poet, playwright, and reformer. His wife was Elizabeth Winthrop Chanler Chapman. Theodore Baird was a professor of English at Amherst College, Massachusetts.


Organized into the following two series:

  1. I. Letters
  2. II. Other papers

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

*84M-30. Gift of Theodore Baird, 38 Shays Street, RD 6, Amherst, Ma 01002 (via transfer from the Harvard University Archives); received: 1984 Dec. 13.

General note

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Chapman, John Jay, 1862-1933. John Jay Chapman letters to Theodore Baird and other papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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