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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1163

Oliver Wendell Holmes miscellaneous letters


Letters by American essayist, poet, and teacher of anatomy Oliver Wendell Holmes to various correspondents concerning medicine, education, and his literary work.


  • 1825-1894

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.


1 linear feet (2 boxes)
Catch-all box includes Holmes' letters to various correspondents and a few other items, including genealogy, photographs, and a vita found with the letters. Letters reflect a wide range of topics including his views on issues in medicine and education, comments on student days at Harvard and his literary work, such as the origin and purpose of Elsie Venner.

Biographical / Historical

Holmes was an essayist, poet, and teacher of anatomy.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from various sources at various times.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894. Oliver Wendell Holmes miscellaneous letters, 1825-1894: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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