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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1794

Dante Society of America correspondence and records


Correspondence and records of the Dante Society of America when it was based at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


  • 1883-1904

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)

Chiefly correspondence to officers of the society when it was based at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Concerns memberships, dues, attendance at meetings, society publications, and the Dante prize given annually for the best essay on Dante. Also contains financial accounts, copyright reports, acknowledgements of gifts to the Harvard College Library, and an address book.

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 alphabetically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

66M-90. Gift of Fred Norris Robinson (Estate of) Francis H. Brooks, Esq., executor, State Street Bank and Trust, 111 Franklin Street Boston, Massachusetts; received: 1966 November.

Related Materials

See also fMS Am 1794.1.

Additional materials held by the Harvard University Archives.

Dante Society of America. Dante Society of America correspondence and records, 1883-1904: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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