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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1648

Henry Oscar Houghton papers


Papers of American printer and publisher Henry Oscar Houghton.


  • 1773-1932
  • Majority of material found in 1833-1895

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There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


8 linear feet (16 boxes)

Chiefly letters to Henry Oscar Houghton, together with a few letters by him and letters to other family members. Also includes genealogical notes on the Houghton family; correspondence and photographs relating to the celebration in 1876 of Houghton's 40th anniversary in the printing business; clippings and other ephemera. Correspondents include family members, friends, authors published by Houghton, Mifflin, and others connected with Houghton's publishing business.

Biographical / Historical

Houghton was an American printer and publisher, proprietor of the Riverside Press in Cambridge, Mass. and partner, successively, in the publishing firms of Hurd and Houghton; Houghton, Osgood & Company; and Houghton, Mifflin & Company.


  1. I. Letters from H. O. Houghton to various members of his family
  2. II. Letters from H. O. Houghton to other persons
  3. III. Letters to H. O. Houghton from various persons
  4. IV. Manuscripts
  5. V. Miscellaneous material

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*60M-221. Gift of Alexander H. Dole; received: 1976.

Originally deposited in 1961 by Virginia H. Dole, Henry Oscar Houghton, and Rosamond Houghton Whitney.

Houghton, Henry Oscar, 1823-1895. Henry Oscar Houghton papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, archives, and more. Houghton Library's collections represent the scope of human experience from ancient Egypt to twenty-first century Cambridge. With strengths primarily in North American and European history, literature, and culture, collections range in media from printed books and handwritten manuscripts to maps, drawings and paintings, prints, posters, photographs, film and audio recordings, and digital media, as well as costumes, theater props, and a wide range of other objects. Houghton Library has historically focused on collecting the written record of European and Eurocentric North American culture, yet it holds a large and diverse number of primary sources valuable for research on the languages, culture and history of indigenous peoples of the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

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