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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 1458

John Masefield letters to Florence Corliss Lamont


Letters from British poet, John Masefield, to his American friend, Florence Corliss Lamont.


  • 1916-1952

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.


6 linear feet (6 boxes)

2189 letters from poet John Masefield to his friend, Florence Lamont, spanning nearly four decades. Includes a commentary on the historical era, their friends, families, and work. Some letters include sketches by Masefield. Included with these original autograph letters are a complete set of typescript transcripts of the letters and another set in typescript (carbon copy).

Biographical / Historical

John Masefield (1878-1967) was a British poet. Florence Corliss Lamont (1872-1952) was the wife of Thomas W. (Thomas William) Lamont (1870-1948), a New York financier with the firm of J.P. Morgan & Company. She graduated from Smith College and earned a master's degree in philosophy from Columbia Univeristy. They met in February of 1916 while Masefield was lecturing in New York.

Constance and John Masefield were longtime friends with Thomas and Florence Lamont.


Organized into the following two series:

  1. I. Masefield letters
  2. II. Masefield letter transcripts

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

*55M-152. Deposit of the children of Thomas W. Lamont, 23 Wall Street, New York, New York; received: 1956 February; gift 1978 January 1.


Some of these letters are published in: John Masefield. Letters of John Masefield to Florence Lamont, edited by Corliss Lamont and Lansing Lamont. New York: Columbia University Press, 1979. See this volume for an in-depth analysis of letters.

Processed by:

Bonnie B. Salt

Masefield, John, 1878-1967. John Masefield letters to Florence Corliss Lamont: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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