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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1899

Joseph Halle Schaffner autograph collection


Autograph collection of the American clothing manufacturer Jospeh Halle Schaffner.


  • Creation: 1683-1948

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English and German.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


4 linear feet (7 boxes)

Consists chiefly of letters and documents of American and British historical and literary figures. Most of the material dates from the nineteenth century. Includes 129 letters, 1885-1916, from Henry Adams to Lucy W. Baxter, Bernard Berenson, William Hallett Phillips, James Ford Rhodes, Charles Warren Stoddard and others; and 57 letters, 1878-1891 by John Hay, mostly to his brother Leonard Hay. Includes manuscript and proofs for the translation of Hitler's Mein Kampf published in New York in 1939 and documents, correspondence, and maps concerning a projected operation of the German army in 1945. Also includes some correspondence of Schaffner's, chiefly with booksellers, and drawings and plans of his library.

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Halle Schaffner, who formed this collection, was a director of the clothing manufacturing firm of Hart, Schaffner & Marx.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Boxed manuscripts
  2. II. Correspondence and other papers of Joseph Halle Schaffner

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

72M-74. Bequest of Joseph Halle Schaffner; received: 1972.

Schaffner, Joseph Halle, 1897-1972, collector. Joseph Halle Schaffner autograph collection, 1683-1948: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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