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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1430-1430.1

Richard Grant White letters from James Francis Child and Charles Eliot Norton


Letters from the American ethnomusicologist Francis James Child and the American author and editor Charles Eliot Norton to the American writer and Shakespearean scholar Richard Grant White.


  • 1854-1880

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.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

The collection includes personal correspondence from Charles Eliot Norton and F.J. Child predominately discussing White's Shakespearean writings. The correspondence also discusses James Russell Lowell's critical articles on White as well as Child's essay on the language of Chaucer and his book War-songs for Freemen. White's contributions to The Spectator and Norton and Lowell's editorial contributions to the North American are mentioned. Also includes Norton's proposal to raise funds for a Shakespearean library at Harvard College.

Biographical / Historical

Child was a professor of rhetoric and English at Harvard, best known for his compilation The English and Scottish popular ballads. Charles Eliot Norton was a scholar, professor of art history at Harvard, and a founder of "The Nation." Richard Grant White was a journalist, writer, and Shakespearean scholar.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. bMS Am 1430: Letters from James Francis Child
  2. II. bMS Am 1430.1: Letters from Charles Eliot Norton

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

56M-11 - 56M-12. Gift of Lawrence Grant White Esq., 101 Park Avenue, New York, New York; received: 1956July 24.

White, Richard Grant, 1821-1885, recipient. Richard Grant White letters from James Francis Child and Charles Eliot Norton, 1854-1880: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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