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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1986

John Tetlow papers


Letters, compositions, and other papers of the American educator and writer John Tetlow largely concerning Girls High School in Boston, Massachusetts.


  • Creation: 1858-1912

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There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


3 linear feet (6 boxes)

The bulk of the collection, professional correspondence and manuscripts by Tetlow, pertain to his tenure as headmaster of the classical high schools for girls in the Boston public school system. Includes letters from colleagues, students, and former students; letters and petitions concerning a controversial teacher transfer; and letters on his resignations; as well as correspondence relating to his work on educational committees and in Latin scholarship. Manuscripts are on educational topics including higher education for girls and teaching Latin. Third party correspondence concerns Tetlow. Also contains lecture notes, his own student papers, memorials to Tetlow, clippings and printed material.

Biographical / Historical

Tetlow, an educator, was the headmaster of the Boston Girls' High and Girls' Latin Schools. He was at Girls' Latin from its founding in 1878 until 1910. Tetlow was active in educational associations and wrote or edited books on Latin language and literature for high school students.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Letters to John Tetlow
  2. II. Letters from John Tetlow
  3. III. Letters to Elizabeth D. (Howard) Tetlow
  4. IV. Other letters
  5. V. Compositions by John Tetlow
  6. VI. Compositions by others
  7. VII. Other papers

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*79M-3. Source unknown.

Tetlow, John, 1843-1911. John Tetlow papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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