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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1872

Houghton family correspondence concerning Henry Oscar Houghton biography


Correspondence about American publisher Henry Oscar Houghton, and Henry Oscar Houghton: a biographical outline (1897), by American writer Horace Elisha Scudder.


  • Creation: 1878-1931

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1.25 linear feet (3 boxes)

Consists chiefly of letters acknowledging the gift of Horace E. Scudder's memoir Henry Oscar Houghton: a biographical outline (1897). The letters, which often include reminiscences of Houghton, were written to Henry Oscar Houghton Jr. and his sisters; George H. Mifflin; Houghton, Mifflin and Company; and Horace E. Scudder. Also includes some miscellaneous correspondence together with records, minutes, and programs, 1878-1883, of the Game Club, a social club in Cambridge, Mass, and a photograph of the men of the Riverside Press composing room, as well as other photographs.

Biographical / Historical

Henry Oscar Houghton (1823-1895) was an American printer and publisher, proprietor of the Riverside Press in Cambridge, Mass., and partner, successively, in the publishing firms of Hurd and Houghton; Houghton, Osgood and Company; and Houghton, Mifflin and Company.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Letters to Henry Oscar Houghton, Jr.
  2. II. Letters to Houghton Mifflin Company
  3. III. Letters to George Harrison Mifflin
  4. IV. Letters to Horace Elisha Scudder
  5. V. Other letters
  6. VI. Miscellanea and printed matter

Physical Location

b, pf

Immediate Source of Acquisition

*71M-37 and *71M-38. Gift of Mrs. William Barbour, Box 460, Concord, Mass., 01742; received: 1971 October.

Houghton family. Houghton family correspondence concerning Henry Oscar Houghton biography: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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