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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1419

Louis Agassiz correspondence and other papers


Correspondence and legal papers of American professor of natural history Louis Agassiz.


  • Creation: 1821-1877

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2 linear feet (4 boxes)

Correspondence, together with papers concerning a legal dispute (Agassiz v. Desor) and a few other papers.

Biographical / Historical

Agassiz was a zoologist and geologist who served as a professor at Harvard University' Lawrence Scientific School (1847-73) and founded Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Agassiz v. Desor
  3. III. Other papers

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*42M-366. Gift of George Agassiz and Maximilian Agassiz, 14 Ashburton Place, Boston, Massachusetts; received: 1942 Oct. Presented to the Museum of Comparative Zoology, and transferred to the Houghton Library.

Agassiz, Louis, 1807-1873. Louis Agassiz correspondence and other papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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