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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 1365

Montagu family papers


Primarily correspondence of the English writer Elizabeth Robinson Montagu and her family.


  • 1739-1920

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


4.5 linear feet (9 boxes)

Includes the correspondence of Elizabeth Robinson Montagu and other members of the Montagu family, as well as other correspondence. Some of Elizabeth Robinson Montagu's letters are copies. Also includes a manuscript by Francis Charlton; a photograph of an unidentified man, possibly Alan Benjamin Cheales; lace samples and patterns from Emily J. Climenson; cost sheet and receipts for Emily J. Climenson's The diary of Mrs. P. Lybbe Powys, as well as the manuscript; nursery rhymes, drawings and a watercolor sketch by Anna Louisa (Flint) Montagu; memorandum on income of Spencer Dudley Montagu with records of horses purchased and sold; drawings of Joseph and Edward Jekyll; parish records of the Robinson family; and family and estate papers of Matthew Montagu Rokeby.

Biographical / Historical

Montagu was an English writer and one of the first Bluestockings.


Arranged alphabetically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*83M-59. Purchased with the Amy Lowell fund; received: 1983 March.

These papers were purchased in two groups; those received in November 1982 at the Phillips sale on 7 October 1982 (Lot 427), and those received in March 1983 (the Reginald Blunt/Chelsea Society collection) from the Chelsea Public Library. The two groups have been integrated in the following list; a list of the Chelsea Society papers is enclosed in no.(310).

Montagu family. Montagu family papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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