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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1794.1

Dante Society of America additional correspondence


Contains correspondence of the officers of the Dante Society of America when the society was based at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


  • 1883-1898

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.25 linear feet (.25 linear feet)
Chiefly correspondence of officers of the society when it was based at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Concerns memberships, dues, attendance at meetings, society publications, and the Dante prize given annually for the best essay on Dante.

Biographical / Historical

The Dante Society of America is an association of Dante scholars, mostly professors at American universities. The society was formerly based at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was founded in 1881 by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, James Russell Lowell, and Charles Eliot Norton (the Society's first three presidents) and others, and is the second oldest officially constituted organization in the world (after the Deutsche Dante-Gesellschaft, founded in 1865) dedicated to the encouragement of the study and appreciation of the time, life, works, and cultural legacy of Dante Alighieri.


Arranged chronologically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

64M-269. Gift; received: 1940 July 8.

Related Materials

See also bMS Am 1794.

Additional materials held by the Harvard University Archives.
Dante Society of America. Dante Society of America additional correspondence, 1883-1898: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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