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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Fr 266

Ferdinand de Saussure linguistic papers


Notes, manuscripts, and letters of the Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure.


  • 1874-1889

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in French.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Contains Saussure's notes and manuscripts for his works on linguistics, phonetics, and language studies; one letter to Saussure; and an incomplete manuscript of his doctoral thesis, 1880.

Biographical / Historical

Saussure, a Swiss linguist, was considered to be the father of modern linguistic science.


Arranged alphabetically by title.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*67M-148. Purchased by the Friends of the Harvard College Library from Dr. Raymond de Saussure, Tertasse 2 1204 Geneva, Switzerland; received: 1968.

Saussure, Ferdinand de, 1857-1913. Ferdinand de Saussure linguistic papers: Guide.
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