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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1595

Margaret Chanler family papers


Correspondence and other papers of the American writer Margaret Terry Chanler and her family.


  • Creation: 1815-1939
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1845-1939

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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5 linear feet (10 boxes)

Consists chiefly of correspondence among family members, especially between Margaret Terry Chanler and her parents Luther and Louisa Ward Crawford Terry; her husband; and some of their children. Also correspondence between the Terrys, between Luther and his brother James, and between Louisa and her other children; and correspondence of other Crawford and Ward relatives including Francis Marion Crawford, Julia Ward Howe, some of the Howe daughters, and Samuel Ward. There are also letters from friends including 37 from Henry Adams to Margaret Chanler; some letters concerning their professional activities, especially Margaret Chanler's book, Roman Spring; lecture notes and a commonplace book, 1883, that she kept; and a brief diary, 1900, of her husband.

Biographical / Historical

The Chanler family was prominent in New York. Luther Terry (d. 1900) was an artist. His daughter Margaret Terry Chanler (1862-1952), born in Rome, was an author. She married Winthrop Astor Chanler (1863-1926), a soldier and sportsman devoted to fox hunting. One of their children, Theodore Ward Chanler (1902-1961) was a composer.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

44M-383 and 47M-221. Gift of Margaret Terry Chanler; received: 1945 and 1948.

Chanler, Margaret, 1862-1952. Margaret Chanler family papers, 1815-1939: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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