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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1517

John Jay Chapman letters to his family


Letters from American poet John Jay Chapman to his family.


  • 1884-1885

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)

Seventy-four letters by John Jay Chapman to his family, including one (item 72) which tells of a visit with Alfred Lord Tennyson.

Biographical / Historical

Chapman was an American poet, essayist and playwright.


Arranged chronologically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

57M-136. Gift of Edward Pickman, Esq. Dudley Farms, Bedford, Massachusetts; received: 1957 December.

Purchased from Gotham Book Mart Inc., 41 West 47th Street, New York 30, New York.

Chapman, John Jay, 1862-1933. John Jay Chapman letters to his family, 1884-1885: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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