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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1881

Lowell-Adams House Printers papers


Correspondence of and manuscripts printed by the Lowell-Adams House Printers, Harvard College students who hand printed limited edition broadsides of poems and essays.


  • 1964-1972
  • Majority of material found in 1964-1966

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Correspondence with authors, together with manuscripts and proofs of pieces printed by the Lowell-Adams House Printers. Authors represented include Conrad Aiken, W. H. Auden, James Vincent Cunningham, Richard Eberhart, James Ingram Merrill, William Saroyan, John Updike, and Edmund Wilson.

Biographical / Historical

The Lowell-Adams House Printers were a group of Harvard College students interested in hand printing limited edition broadsides of poems and essays.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Materials associated with the Lowell-Adams House Printers
  2. II. Letters to Lowell-Adams House Printers
  3. III. Compositions

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*72M-7. Gift of Lowell-Adams House Printers; received: 1972.

Lowell-Adams House Printers. Lowell-Adams House Printers papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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