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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1210

Augustus A. Gould papers


Papers of American naturalist and physician Augustus A. Gould.


  • Creation: 1831-1866
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1838-1852

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.

Use Restrictions

Images linked to the finding aid describing this collection are intended for public access and educational use. This material is owned and/or held by the Houghton Library, and is provided solely for the purpose of teaching or individual research. Any other use, including commercial reuse, mounting on other systems, or other forms of redistribution requires the permission of the curator.


1 linear feet (2 boxes)

Consists of professional correspondence to Gould concerning scientific work in the field of natural history particularly the study of shell specimens. Correspondents include Charles Baker Adams, Louis Agassiz, John Gould Anthony, John Bartlett, Hugh Cuming, James Dwight Dana, Charles Darwin, Louis R. Gibbes, Samuel Stehman Haldeman, James Hall, and Thaddeus William Harris. Also one letter by Gould and four unidentified letters.

Biographical / Historical

Gould, a naturalist and physician, was one of the great influences on the development of the study of conchology. He was a constant contributor to scientific journals and a joint author with Louis Agassiz of Principles of Zoology (1848).


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

49M-280. Gift of Williams College Library, Williamstown, Mass.; received: 1948.

Processing Information

NOTE: This collection consists of only two boxes with correspondents from A-H. This was all that was received in this accession; this repository has no knowledge of the whereabouts of additional correspondence.

Enhanced with digital content by Alison Harris.

Gould, Augustus A. (Augustus Addison), 1805-1866. Augustus A. Gould papers, 1831-1866: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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