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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1716

Marvin family papers


Family papers centered on American publisher and printer Theophilus Rogers Marvin.


  • Creation: 1830-1910

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.

Conditions Governing Use

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.5 linear feet (1 box)

The bulk of the collection is letters to T. R. Marvin (and a few manuscripts) concerning his printing, especially of the speeches of politicians such as Daniel Webster, and educators such as Williams College president Mark Hopkins. Also contains addresses before the Boston Mercantile Library Association, some published by the firm of Perkins and Marvin. Other letters are to T. R. Marvin on libraries or education, to W. T. R. Marvin on numismatics, between Marvin family members, or between third parties. Alsomiscellaneous autograph signatures.

Biographical / Historical

Theophilus Rogers Marvin (1796-1882) was a publisher and printer of Boston, Mass. He was on the committee to establish a public library in Boston. William Theophilus Rogers Marvin (1832-1913) was secretary of the Boston Numismatic Society and author of Medals of the Masonic Fraternity.


Arranged alphabetically by author

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*47M-361. Gift of John R. Marvin; received: 1942.

Marvin family. Marvin family papers, 1830-1910: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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