Skip to main content
COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1691.1

T. S. Eliot letters to Ruth Harding


Letters from the American poet T.S. Eliot to Ruth Harding.


  • Creation: 1947-1963

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Any requests to publish Eliot material must be cleared through Faber and Faber’s Permissions Department.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Consists of eleven letters from Eliot to Ruth Harding, who was a nurse or caretaker to "Miss Eliot", mainly concerning Miss Eliot's health but also announcing his marriage and thanking Mrs. Harding for her hospitality when the Eliots visited.

Biographical / Historical

Eliot was an American poet, dramatist, and critic.


Arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

64M-207. Purchased with the Amy Lowell Fund from Mrs. Verger Harding, 329 Concord Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts; received: 1965 28 April.

Processing Information

This collection is housed in Box 4 of MS Am 1691.

Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965. T. S. Eliot letters to Ruth Harding, 1947-1963: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, archives, and more. Houghton Library's collections represent the scope of human experience from ancient Egypt to twenty-first century Cambridge. With strengths primarily in North American and European history, literature, and culture, collections range in media from printed books and handwritten manuscripts to maps, drawings and paintings, prints, posters, photographs, film and audio recordings, and digital media, as well as costumes, theater props, and a wide range of other objects. Houghton Library has historically focused on collecting the written record of European and Eurocentric North American culture, yet it holds a large and diverse number of primary sources valuable for research on the languages, culture and history of indigenous peoples of the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

Houghton Library’s Reading Room is free and open to all who wish to use the library’s collections.

Harvard Yard
Harvard University
Cambridge MA 02138 USA
(617) 495-2440