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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1821

Henry Lee Higginson papers relating to the gift of Soldiers Field, Harvard University

Papers relating to the gift of Soldiers Field, Harvard University, by Boston banker and philanthropist Henry Lee Higginson and his wife, Ida Agassiz Higginson.

Dates

  • 1890

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.

Extent

.4 linear feet (2 volumes)

Contains letters, primarily to Higginson, speeches by Higginson, and commemorative book edited by Higginson and his wife Ida Agassiz Higginson.

Biographical / Historical

Higginson was a Boston banker and philanthropist. Higginson attended Harvard (1851-1852), but left because of poor eyesight. In 1856 he went to Vienna intending to make music his life work, but he returned to Boston in 1860. He attained the rank of major in the Union Army during the Civil War. In 1868 Higginson joined the family banking firm of Lee, Higginson and Company. He was the principal figure in the creation of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (1881) and was its chief benefactor for the rest of his life. His gifts to Harvard include Soldiers Field and the Harvard Union.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

67M-62. Gift of Wyllys S. Newcomb Royall received: 1967.
Title
Higginson, Henry Lee, 1834-1919. Henry Lee Higginson papers relating to the gift of Soldiers Field, Harvard University, 1890: Guide.
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
EAD ID
hou01326

Repository Details

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