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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1854.5

John Jay Chapman letters to Conrad Chapman


Letters from the American essayist, poet, and reformer John Jay Chapman to family member Conrad Chapman.


  • 1915-1933

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.3 linear feet (1 box)

Primarily letters from John Jay Chapman to his son Conrad Chapman concerning friends and relatives, Chapman's world travels, his Harvard reunions, both father's and son's writings and readings, and Chapman's criticism of others' writings. Many letters focus on John Jay Chapman's writings against New York Governor Al Smith's nomination as the first Roman Catholic candidate for United States President, along with a small amount of other correspondence.

Biographical / Historical

Chapman was an American essayist, poet, and reformer.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*85M-33. Gift of Conrad Chapman, c/o Mr. Geoffrey W. Chapman, 294 Front Street, Marion, Massachusetts 02738; received: 1986 June.

Chapman, John Jay, 1862-1933. John Jay Chapman letters to Conrad Chapman: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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