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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1701.4

Mary Tappan Wright letters to John Henry Wright


Letters written by American novelist and short story writer Mary Tappan Wright to her husband.


  • Creation: 1868-1879

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.


.5 linear feet (2 boxes)

Contains letters written from Mary Tappan Wright to her husband John when they were living apart. Letters contain a daily description of Mary Wright's life and activities in Gambier, Ohio. Letters also discuss religion, news of the church, and new developments in the Wright family. Some letters contain simple pen and ink drawings.

Biographical / Historical

Mary Tappan Wright was an American novelist and short story writer. John Henry Wright was her husband.


Arranged alphabetically by recipient.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

66M-85. Gift of Mr. John K. Wright, Lyme, New Hampshire; received: 1966 December.

Wright, Mary Tappan, 1851-1916. Mary Tappan Wright letters to John Henry Wright, 1868-1879: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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