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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2122

William Woodville Rockhill additional papers


Additional papers of American scholar-diplomat William Woodville Rockhill.


  • Creation: 1879-1915

Conditions Governing Access

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


5 linear feet (15 boxes)

Includes Rockhill's correspondence (mostly letters to him), compositions, clippings, scrapbook, negatives, photographs, translations of letters, notes, and notebooks.

Biographical / Historical

Rockhill was an American scholar-diplomat known especially as the first Westerner to befriend and advise a Dalai Lama of Tibet. He was U.S. Minister to Greece, Romania, Serbia, China, Russia, and Turkey.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

49M-284. Gift of Courtland Hoppin; received: 1951.

Rockhill, William Woodville, 1854-1914. William Woodville Rockhill additional papers, 1879-1915: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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