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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Ital 65

Lauro De Bosis papers


Correspondence, papers, and notes of Italian anti-fascist poet Lauro De Bosis.


  • 1917-1933

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in Italian, French, and English.

Conditions Governing Access

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


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Contains de Bosis's correspondence and other papers, chiefly relating to his anti-fascist activities in Italy and his flight over Rome in 1931. His papers include typescripts of poems with revisions and notes, unpublished essays, drafts and printed copies of anti-fascist leaflets. Collection also contains correspondence about De Bosis from Romain Rolland, Ruth Draper, and others; clandestine bulletins of Alleanza Nazionale; and some miscellaneous items.

Biographical / Historical

De Bosis was an Italian poet who was killed in 1931 after dropping anti-fascist leaflets from an airplane over Rome.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

56M-220. Gift of Miss Ruth Draper; received: 1946-1947.

De Bosis, Lauro, 1901-1931. Lauro De Bosis papers, 1917-1933: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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