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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.


  • 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

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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