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COLLECTION Identifier: Autograph File, B

Autograph File, B

The Autograph File is an alphabetically arranged collection of single letters, manuscripts, and drawings received from various sources at various times. Additions continue to be made.


  • circa 1500-1982

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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12 linear feet (24 boxes)

The Autograph File is a collection of items received singly or in small groups from various sources at various times, and autograph collections, such as that of Evert J. Wendell, which were not kept together as a distinct collection. Items in this portion of the Autograph File include letters from Joanna Baillie, Charles Baudelaire, Benjamin Disraeli earl of Beaconsfield, Hector Berlioz, Frederic Mayer Bird, Bishop Phillips Brooks, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, William Jennings Bryan, and Aaron Burr. There are also compositions and letters of Honore de Balzac, Sir James Matthew Barrie, Henry Ward Beecher, Julius Bing, the Bonaparte family, the Bronte family, William Cullen Bryant, Robert Burns, and Lord Byron, among others.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from various sources at various times. Accession information is given with the item entry. The most recent addition to this portion of the Autograph File was made 2018 October 30.
Autograph File, B, circa 1500-1982: 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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