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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2051

Maxwell Evarts Perkins letters to his daughters


Letters, poems, and drawings of the American editor Maxwell E. (Maxwell Evarts) Perkins.


  • 1919-1928

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Includes letters, poems, and drawings from Perkins to his daughters: 84 holograph letters to Louise Perkins King, and 7 letters (photocopies) to Jane Perkins Owen. Also includes holograph and typescript manuscripts by Perkins: The complete commuter and Buttoning and unbuttoning.

Biographical / Historical

Perkins was an editor with Charles Scribner's Sons for over thirty years.


Arranged alphabetically by recipient.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*88M-32. Gift of Louise Perkins (Mrs. Robert) King; received: 1989.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt.

Perkins, Maxwell E. (Maxwell Evarts), 1884-1947. Maxwell Evarts Perkins letters to his daughters: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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