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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1686-1686.6

William Roscoe Thayer compositions


Manuscripts of works by American biographer and historian William Roscoe Thayer.


  • 1887-1915

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.


.5 linear feet (12 volumes)
Manuscripts of biographical and historical works by Thayer: "Cavour and Bismarck," 1906 (including some printed versions); The Dawn of Italian Independence, 1892; A Short History of Venice, 1903; Life and Letters of John Hay (printer's copy), 1915; and Life and Times of Cavour (printer's copy), 1911. Also includes The Master's Calendar, 1887, an anthology of verse compiled by Thayer.

Biographical / Historical

Thayer was an American biographer and historian.


Arranged alphabetically by manuscript title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

47M-210 - 47M-214. Gift of Mrs. Southworth Lancaster of Cambridge, Massachusetts; received: 1947 July 24.

First draft of Cavour and Bismark was gift of Harry Nelson Gay; received: 1931.
Thayer, William Roscoe, 1859-1923. William Roscoe Thayer compositions, 1887-1915: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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