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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1981-1981.4

Henry Oscar Houghton additional papers


Journal, account books, and letters of the American publisher Henry Oscar Houghton.


  • Creation: 1839-1895


.5 linear feet (5 volumes)

Includes Houghton's "Journal of private correspondence and notebook," containing copies of letters, 1839-1840, and journal, 1839-1852. Also includes account books, 1845-1851, 1840-1850; and one volume of letters of condolence, 1891, on the death of Houghton's wife, Nanna Wyer Houghton (with correspondents whose names begin with A-H). Also includes two volumes of condolence letters on the death of Henry Oscar Houghton. One volume consists of letters to the family (with correspondents whose names begin with A-K). The other volume includes letters to Houghton, Mifflin and Company.

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.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. MS Am 1981: Correspondence
  2. II. MS Am 1981.1: Account books
  3. III. MS Am 1981.2: Letters of condolence
  4. IV. MS Am 1981.3: Additional letters of condolence
  5. V. MS Am 1981.4: Additional letters of condolence

Immediate Source of Acquisition


Gift of Alexander W. Dole, 6 Bond Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138; received: 1978 Jun 30 and 18 Nov.

Houghton, Henry Oscar, 1823-1895. Henry Oscar Houghton additional papers, 1839-1895: 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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