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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Fr 167

Susan Dwight Bliss autograph collection


Letters, notes, documents, and other manuscripts of French historical figures as well as George Washington and William Makepeace Thackeray.


  • 1481-1915

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in French and English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Consists of 62 items, including letters, notes, documents and other manuscripts (with typed transcripts) written mostly by famous French historical figures, especially royalty, such as Louis XVI. Also includes a few items from William Makepeace Thackeray and George Washington, including a letter from Washington to Sally Cary Fairfax.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

57M-73 (item 62), 57M-77 (item 61), 57M-215. Deposited by Susan D. Bliss, 9 East 68th Street, New York 21, New York; received: 1957-1958. Bequest, 1967.

Bliss, Susan Dwight, collector. Susan Dwight Bliss autograph collection, 1481-1915: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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