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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 1178

William Upcott papers


Papers of the English collector William Upcott concerning his collecting.


  • 1650-1881

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.6 linear feet (3 volumes)

Contains correspondence and notes concerning Upcott's antiquarian and collecting interests; letters, documents, engravings, portraits, prints, and other material he collected; and watercolor, crayon, pencil, and chalk drawings of Upcott, his neighborhood, and his associates by Upcott, Robert Bremmel Schnebbelle, and Ozias Humphrey. Some of Upcott's collection includes material concerning John Evelyn, Samuel Pepys, Ozias Humphrey and Upcott himself.

Biographical / Historical

Upcott was a British antiquarian, collector, artist, and librarian.


Organized by volume number. The arrangement of the materials within each volume appears to be random.

Please note that item numbers 48-70 in Volume III were inadvertently omitted.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

*57M-85. Gift of Carleton R. Richard, A.B. 1909; received: 1957 Dec. 28.

The Upcott-Evelyn-Pepys Papers presented by Carleton R. Richard, '09.

Upcott, William, 1779-1845. William Upcott papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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