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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Typ 718-718.1

W. A. Dwiggins papers concerning Cedar Hill


Autograph manuscript of and watercolor drawings for Cedar Hill by American book designer W. A. (William Addison) Dwiggins as well as letters from Dwiggins to Philip Hofer, Curator of the Department of Printing and Graphic Arts of the Harvard College Library.


  • 1934-1979

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.33 linear feet (2 volumes)

Includes an autograph manuscript of Cedar Hill with 37 pencil or watercolor drawings, four letters from Dwiggins to Philip Hofer, and one letter from Dorothy Abbe to Philip Hofer concerning a lecture on Dwiggins.

Biographical / Historical

Dwiggins was an American type designer, calligrapher, and book designer. Philip Hofer was Curator of the Department of Printing and Graphic Arts of the Harvard College Library.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. MS Typ 718: Cedar Hill
  2. II. MS Typ 718.1: Letters to Philip Hofer

Immediate Source of Acquisition

*87M-39. Bequest of Philip Hofer, Department of Printing and Graphic Arts, Houghton Library; received: 1984 November.

Dwiggins, W. A. (William Addison), 1880-1956. W. A. Dwiggins papers concerning Cedar Hill: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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