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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2293

Gay family papers


Documents and photographs concerning the Gay family of Massachusetts, and printed materials on English writer John Gay.


  • 1718-1916

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.5 linear feet (1 box)
Materials from the Gay family spanning 4 centuries including: photograph album of Ernest Lewis Gay (1874-1916) including photographs of his mother, Elizabeth Lewis Gay, printed materials relating to John Gay (1685-1732), and documents from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, especially financial documents and tax assesment records from Walpole, Mass.

Biographical / Historical

Ernest Lewis Gay was an American librarian and book collector in Boston, Mass. His ancester, John Gay (1685-1732) was an English writer, dramatist, and poet during the neoclassical period.

Physical Location

f, gen

Immediate Source of Acquisition

*50M-581 and *50M-582. Gift of Ernest Lewis Gay; received: 1916 June 1.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
Link to catalog
Gay family. Gay family papers: 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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