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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1234.1-.2, 1234.4-.11

Oliver Wendell Holmes additional papers


Additional papers of American physician, poet, and essayist Oliver Wendell Holmes.


  • Creation: 1825-1893


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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2.5 linear feet (3 boxes, 7 volumes)

Includes literary manuscripts including poems and essays--many published in The Atlantic Monthly-- and addresses, lectures, and essays on medical, civic, and academic subjects. Also includes: family letters, many written by Oliver Wendell Holmes from Europe to his parents, and a few Holmes' letters to Ralph Waldo Emerson (1234.1). Other materials are medical papers, including several notebooks (in French and English) with Holmes' notes on medical lectures from Paris in 1833, medical reports, and notes on patients, ca. 1830s; research notes on Emerson; a commonplace book; calendars; two photographs, 1891, of Holmes; and three scrapbooks with clippings, letters, and Civil War memorabilia of Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Biographical / Historical

Holmes (1809-1894) was an American essayist, poet, and teacher of anatomy. He received an M.D. degree from Harvard in 1836 and practiced medicine for 10 years, then taught anatomy for two years at Dartmouth College. In 1847 he became professor of anatomy and physiology (and later Dean) at the Harvard Medical School.


Arranged in call number order.

Physical Location

b, f

Immediate Source of Acquisition

42M-147. Purchased with the Sheldon Fund from Arthur Pforzheimer, 26 East 56th Street, New York City; received: 1942 October 19.

42M-871 - 42M-876. Gift of T.B. Aldrich Memorial Trustees; received: 1943 June.

42M-1683F. Deposited by Talbot Aldrich; received: 1943 June.

47M-368A-F, H-V. Gift of Edward Jackson Holmes, 296 Beacon St., Boston, MA; received: 1941 June 19.

Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894. Oliver Wendell Holmes additional papers, 1825-1893: Guide.
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