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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 1417

Thomas W. Lamont collection of correspondence with John Masefield


Collection of correspondence assembled by Thomas W. Lamont, who was a friend of British poet and dramatist John Masefield.


  • Creation: 1952-1966

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.


.3 linear feet (1 box)

Collection primarily contains correspondence between Thomas Lamont and John Masefield. Correspondence written by Lamont address issues of the illness and death of Lamont's parents, other news about his family, travels in Italy, Senator McCathy, politics in the United States, the assassination of President Kennedy, and snakes. Includes Masefield poem in honor of Lamont's parents, which Lamont then had published in the Saturday Review. John Masefield also wrote Lamont of daily life in England. Collection also contains various printed matter, including printed poems by Masefield.

Biographical / Historical

Masefield was a British poet and dramatist.


Arranged alphabetically by correspondent

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

66M-78. Gift of Thomas W. Lamont, '21, 23 Wall Street, New York, New York 10015; received: 1966 July.

Lamont, Thomas W. (Thomas William), 1870-1948, collector. Thomas W. Lamont collection of correspondence with John Masefield, 1952-1966: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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