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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1096

Thomas Bird Mosher papers

Correspondence of the American publisher Thomas Bird Mosher.


  • 1890-1939
  • Majority of material found in 1895-1924

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


3 linear feet (9 boxes)

Chiefly letters to Mosher, together with some copies of outgoing letters. Correspondents include Gordon Bottomley, Richard Burton, Charles Joseph Finger, Jeannette L. Gilder, Mitchell Kennerley, Lizette Woodworth Reese, and Charles Hanson Towne. Includes clippings and letters relating to the piracy controversy; and clippings and letters concerning the mock Italian opera Il Pesceballo by Francis James Child and James Russell Lowell.

Biographical / Historical

Mosher was a publisher of inexpensive but well-printed books devoted to belles lettres in Portland, Maine. Many of these were reprints of English authors and caused him to be the subject of some controversy over piracy. He also edited and published The Bibelot (1895-1915), a monthly magazine reprinting "poetry and prose from scarce editions and sources not generally known."


Organized into the following series:
  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Other papers

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*47M-359. Gift of Oliver C. Sheean; received: 1948.
Mosher, Thomas Bird, 1852-1923. Thomas Bird Mosher papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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