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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1854.1

John Jay Chapman additional papers


Chiefly correspondence between American essayist John Jay Chapman and family, friends, and associates.


  • Creation: 1841-1940

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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18.5 linear feet (37 boxes)

Chiefly correspondence with family members, friends, and literary and political associates. There are poems, essays, articles, and reviews by Chapman together with notebooks, scrapbooks, and clippings. Also includes letters to Elizabeth Chanler Chapman and her notebooks. Finally, there are compositions and correspondence of Chapman family members.

Biographical / Historical

Chapman was an American essayist, poet, and reformer.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Letters to John Jay Chapman
  2. II. Letters from John Jay Chapman
  3. III. Letter books
  4. IV. Letters to Elizabeth Winthrop (Chanler) Chapman
  5. V. Other letters
  6. VI. Compositions by John Jay Chapman
  7. VII. Other compositions
  8. VIII. Notebooks
  9. IX. Miscellaneous

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*72M-26. Purchased with the Charles Warren fund, Friends of the Harvard College Library fund, Amy Lowell fund, Spaulding fund, and Dearborn fund; received: 1972 March 14-July 7.

Chapman, John Jay, 1862-1933. John Jay Chapman additional papers, 1841-1940: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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