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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1897.1

Gordon Cairnie papers


Letters from various poets to Grolier Book Shop owner Gordon Cairne as well as business papers of the book store.


  • Creation: 1922-1973

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


3 linear feet (10 boxes)

Consists of letters to Gordon Cairnie, mainly from poets, business records, and memorabilia. Business records of the Grolier Book Shop include account books, 1927-1966, tax forms, bank books, cancelled checks, and bills.

Biographical / Historical

Cairnie (1896-1973) was the proprietor of the Grolier Book Shop in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The shop, specializing in modern first editions and bibliography, was founded 1n 1927 by Adrian Gambet. Cairnie signed on a month after it was begun.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Letters addressed to Gordon Cairnie
  2. II. Other letters
  3. III. Business papers of the Grolier Book Shop

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*73M-69. Gift of Mrs. Gordon C. Cairnie, 12 Ross Road Belmont, Massachusetts 02178; received: 1973 November.

Cairnie, Gordon. Gordon Cairnie papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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