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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1937

Oliver Wendell Holmes correspondence and compositions


Correspondence and manuscripts of the American writer and anatomy teacher Oliver Wendell Holmes.


  • 1824-1898

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 correspondence of Oliver Wendell Holmes (together with other family letters), manuscripts of poems and other short writings, notes, a few business papers, and clippings. Letters by Holmes are mostly draft copies.

Biographical / Historical

Holmes was an essayist, poet and teacher of anatomy.


Organized into the following series:
  1. I. Letters to Oliver Wendell Holmes
  2. II. Letters from Oliver Wendell Holmes
  3. III. Other letters
  4. IV. Compositions by Oliver Wendell Holmes
  5. V. Other compositions

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*76M-49. Transferred from Harvard Law School Library; received: 1977.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894. Oliver Wendell Holmes correspondence and compositions: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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