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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1701

Mary Tappan Wright correspondence and compositions


Correspondence of American novelist Mary Tappan Wright and her family as well as drafts of literary compositions.


  • 1880-1909

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


3 linear feet (6 boxes)
Correspondence consists chiefly of letters to Wright's husband John Henry Wright, her parents, and her children, Austin Tappan Wright, Elizabeth Tappan Wright, and John Kirtland Wright. The letters concern family news, depictions of daily life, discussions of furnishings and clothing, household finance and business, and raising children, as well as ideas for stories and depictions of life at Harvard. Some letters include photographs. The collection also includes autograph and typescript short stories, notes for works, and novel fragments. Many compositions are based on college life, including "The Murder of Hillyer and its Consequences," a murder mystery set on the Harvard campus. Her diary concerns home and social life at Harvard, descriptions of travel, and includes correspondence and travel photos from Europe.

Biographical / Historical

Mary Tappan Wright was an American novelist and short story writer. Her husband, John Henry Wright, was a professor of Greek and a Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.


Organized into the following series:
  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Compositions
  3. III. Notes and drafts

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

62M-311. Gift of John K. Wright, Lyme, New Hampshire; received: 1963.
Wright, Mary Tappan, 1851-1916. Mary Tappan Wright correspondence and compositions, 1880-1909: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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