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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1787

Horace Mason Reynolds papers

Papers of Irish literature scholar Horace Mason Reynolds.


  • 1895-1965

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


4 linear feet (16 boxes)

The bulk of the collection is professional correspondence, mostly letters to Reynolds concerning his literary studies and book reviews. Much of the correspondence is with Irish authors, including 252 letters from Oliver St. John Gogarty, and 42 from Sean O'Casey, as well as 16 letters by William Butler Yeats to others. Other correspondence is with editors of literary review periodicals or colleagues in the college teaching of English. Manuscripts by Reynolds consist mainly of articles and notes on Gogarty and O'Casey, and a diary and notebook of his trip, 1927, to Ireland. Also contains a few manuscripts by Gogarty, O'Casey, and other authors; ballads and poems collected by Reynolds; and clippings and other printed material, mostly concerning Gogarty and O'Casey.

Biographical / Historical

Reynolds, an English literature professor, specialized in Anglo-Irish literature, and also studied American spoken English and folksongs. He taught at Harvard and at Emerson College.


Organized into the following series:
  1. I. Letters to Horace Reynolds
  2. II. Letters by Horace Reynolds
  3. III. Other letters
  4. IV. Manuscripts
  5. V. Other material

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

65M-211. Gift of Mrs. Arthur C. Rist and John Hamilton Reynolds; received: 1966.
Reynolds, Horace Mason, 1896-1965. Horace Mason Reynolds papers, 1895-1965: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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