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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1166

John La Farge letters to his parents


Letters from American painter John La Farge to his parents John La Farge, Sr. and Louisa (Binsse de St. Victor) La Farge.


  • 1847-1851

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.


.1 linear feet (1 volume)

Contains 16 letters from La Farge to his parents, John La Farge, Sr., a New York city merchant and Louisa (Binsse de St. Victor) La Farge.

Biographical / Historical

La Farge was a painter and critic.


Arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

49M-112. Purchased with the Bemis Fund from Miss Grace E. Barnes, Box 3127, Col. Hts. Sta., Washington D. C.; received: 1950 Feb. 1.

La Farge, John, 1835-1910. John La Farge letters to his parents, 1847-1851: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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