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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1950

William A. Jackson letters to Keyes DeWitt Metcalf


Letters of the American librarian William A. (William Alexander) Jackson to the director of the Harvard University Library Keyes DeWitt Metcalf.


  • 1945


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Consists of 18 letters from Jackson to Keyes Metcalf, director of the Harvard University Library, written during a trip in April and May of 1945 to Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. The letters discuss libraries and book collectors in these countries and include information on possible acquisitions for the Harvard library. Also includes notes taken in Lima, Peru and a small amount of other correspondence.

Biographical / Historical

Jackson was a bibliographer and librarian. He was the first librarian of the Houghton Library at Harvard.


Arranged chronologically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*77M-33. Gift of Keyes DeWitt Metcalf, 68 Fairmont, Belmont, Massachusetts; received: 1978.

Jackson, William A. (William Alexander), 1905-1964. William A. Jackson letters to Keyes DeWitt Metcalf: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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