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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1730.2

John P. Marquand compositions


School and college compositions, prose pieces, and other writings of American novelist John P. Marquand as well as a small amount of his correspondence.


  • 1892-1951

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)

Contains school and college compositions, shorter prose pieces, and a revised carbon copy draft of Point of No Return. Also includes a scrapbook of boyhood photographs and a small amount of correspondence.

Biographical / Historical

Marquand was an American novelist and short story writer best known for his novels of upper class New England life and for his stories of the fictional detective Mr. Moto.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Letters and compositions by John Phillips Marquand
  2. II. Compositions by John Phillips Marquand
  3. III. Other compositions

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*74M-11. Gift of Mrs. Richard E. Welch, Jr., Curzon's Mill Curzon's Mill Road Newburyport, Massachusetts 01950; received: 1974 July.

Marquand, John P. (John Phillips), 1893-1960. John P. Marquand compositions: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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