Skip to main content
COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1941-1941.3

Henry Villard additional papers

Additional papers of the American journalist and financier Henry Villard.


  • 1884-1900

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English and German.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.5 linear feet (4 volumes)

Includes: typescript copies of letters of condolence (1890) on the death of Henry Villard's son Hilgard, compositions by Villard including an autobiographical account of his first experiences in America, and typescript copies of letters relating to the Northern Pacific Railroad.

Biographical / Historical

Henry Villard was a journalist, railway promoter, and financier. Born in Bavaria, he came to the United States in 1853. He worked as a journalist for a variety of newspapers and was a Civil War correspondent for the New York Herald and New York Tribune. In 1873 Villard became a representative for a group of German bondholders of the Oregon and California Railroad, and his career as a railroad promoter in the Northwest was launched. He was president of the Northern Pacific Railroad, 1881-1884. Villard also served as representative of the Deutsche Bank in New York City.


Arranged in call number order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

*46M-414, *46M-415, *46M-416, *47M-301PF. Gift of Oswald Garrison Villard, Esq., 79 East 79th Street, New York, N.Y.; received: 1946 Dec. 30 and 1948 Mar. 18.

Related Materials

There are related papers on Henry Villard in the Historical Collections, Baker Library, Harvard Business School.
Villard, Henry, 1835-1900. Henry Villard additional papers, ca. 1884-1900: 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.

Harvard Yard
Harvard University
Cambridge MA 02138 USA
(617) 495-2440