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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 1343

Mary Hyde Eccles autograph collection


Autograph letters and manuscripts of various noted people from the collection of American scholar, collector, and author Mary Hyde Eccles.


  • Creation: 1514-1697

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.1 linear feet (1 volume)

Includes letters from René Descartes, Desiderius Erasmus, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Martin Luther, and Niccolò Machiavelli. Also includes an autograph manuscript of Abraham Cowley's poem The garden,and a manuscript document on vellum by Sir Francis Drake among other items.

These manuscripts are described in The R.B. Adam Library relating to Dr. Samuel Johnson and his era (London and N.Y., 1929) vol. III.

Biographical / Historical

Eccles is an American scholar, collector, and author.


Arranged alphabetically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*79M-38. Gift of Mrs. Donald F. Hyde, Four Oaks Farm, 350 Burnt Mill Road, Somerville, New Jersey 08876; received: 1979 December.

Eccles, Mary Hyde, collector. Mary Hyde Eccles autograph collection: 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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