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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 1342- 1342.1

John F. Glaser collection of historical autograph letters and manuscripts


Correspondence of William Eward Gladstone as well as other letters written by British royalty, various British prime ministers, and other prominent persons, collected by John F. Glaser.


  • Creation: 1739-1933

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


3 linear feet (6 boxes)

Contains correspondence of William Ewart Gladstone and his family with a wide variety of correspondents, including over 100 letters from Gladstone to Sir Charles Lister Ryan. Also, manuscripts of speeches and miscellaneous items of Gladstone. Other letters are written by royalty, mostly from Great Britain; by various British prime ministers; by British statesmen, authors, artists, and various prominent persons; and by eminent figures in other European countries. Additional material includes photographs, drawings, engravings, clippings, and facsimiles.


  1. I. W. E. Gladstone letters and papers
  2. ___A. Correspondence
  3. ___B. Compositions and miscellanea
  4. II. Royalty
  5. III. Prime Ministers
  6. IV. Eminent Victorians
  7. V. Additional papers
  8. VI. bMS Eng 1342.1: Additional letters

Please note that item number 390 was inadvertently omitted from this finding aid.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

*80M-20. Bequest of John F. Glaser; received: 1980.

*80M-21. Gift of Professor and Mrs. Robert Hannaford; received: 1980.

Processing Information:

These papers have been left in the categories in which they were grouped and named by Prof. Glaser. Since individual authors may be found in more than one section, readers should consult all sections.

Glaser, John F., collector. John F. Glaser collection of historical autograph letters and manuscripts: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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