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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1634

William Roscoe Thayer additional papers


Correspondence and manuscripts of poems of American biographer and historian William Roscoe Thayer.


  • Creation: 1796-1927
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1877-1927

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1 linear feet (2 boxes)

Letters to and from Thayer, together with manuscripts of poems by Thayer. Includes 64 letters, 1879-1905, from Thayer to his college friend Harrison O. Apthorp; and 28 letters (chiefly condolence letters), 1923-1927, to Elizabeth Thayer. Also includes a facsimile of a letter, 1796, of Vittorio Alfieri to Antonio Montucci.

Biographical / Historical

William Roscoe Thayer was a biographer and historian. From 1892 to 1915 he was editor of the Harvard Graduates' Magazine.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Letters to various persons
  2. II. Letters to Elizabeth Thayer
  3. III. Unrelated material
  4. IV. Manuscripts

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*60M-194. Manuscripts from unknown source.

Thayer, William Roscoe, 1859-1923. William Roscoe Thayer additional papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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