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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1193-1193.3

Elizabeth Gaskell Norton and Sara Norton papers


Letters and other documents of Elizabeth and Sarah Norton, the daughters of Harvard professor Charles Eliot Norton.


  • Creation: 1867-1948
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1880-1946

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.

Conditions Governing Use

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2 linear feet (6 boxes and 2 volumes)

Chiefly letters to the Norton sisters; also albums compiled and annotated by Sara Norton that contain letters (many to Charles Eliot Norton), clippings, and printed material reflecting the family's social life at Shady Hill, their home in Cambridge, and at Ashfield, their summer home in western Massachusetts; and a family photograph album. Major correspondents with Elizabeth include Henry James, James Russell Lowell and Edith Wharton. Most of the letters to Sara concern her edition of the Letters of Charles Eliot Norton.

Biographical / Historical

Daughters of Charles Eliot Norton (1827-1908), editor, literary scholar, and professor of fine arts at Harvard, Sara edited a published edition of her father's letters.


  1. I. MS Am 1193: Letters to Elizabeth Gaskell Norton and Sara Norton
  2. II. MS Am 1193.1: Norton family photograph album
  3. III. MS Am 1193.2: Ashfield
  4. IV. MS Am 1193.3: Records of Shady Hill

Immediate Source of Acquisition

50M-49. Gift of Elizabeth Gaskell Norton; received: 1950.

Norton, Elizabeth Gaskell, 1866-. Elizabeth Gaskell Norton and Sara Norton papers, 1867-1948: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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