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COLLECTION Identifier: Houghton Library printed book provenance file, A-D

Houghton Library printed book provenance file, A-D

Overview

Index to ownership/provenance information, primarily from printed books, held by Houghton Library.

Dates

  • 1942-1992

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Extent

1 collection
Collection is comprised of the file indexes to ownership/provenance information found in printed books within Houghton Library that were cataloged prior to 1992. A very few manuscript codices are also included. It does not include books transferred from Widener Library and still identified by their Widener call numbers (circa 75,000 titles), or books accessioned but not fully cataloged (circa 35,000 titles).

Each entry includes the following information: Name or initials of owner, usually as it appears in the book; type of evidence of ownership; author, title, and date of the book; and finally the Houghton call number (e.g. *GC9.W4922.920b, Typ.715.67.274).

Ownership/provenance evidence includes: bookplates (often abbreviated as "plate"); signatures and initials within the book (often abbreviated as "autogr."); monograms; stamps, sometimes on the binding; labels; identified annotations; etc.

Biographical / Historical

This index originated as a card file maintained at the Library from 1942 to 1992. The card file was then closed, and information on ownership/provenance was entered only into the records in HOLLIS. As older records are updated in HOLLIS (Harvard's online catalog), provenance information is added, resulting in some overlap of ownership information in this file and in HOLLIS.

The card file consisted of both typed and handwritten cards. The handwritten cards are often difficult to read, and errors of transcription are undoubtedly present.

Arrangement

Entries are alphabetized by the name, or initials, of the book's owner.

No attempt has been made to regularize the various forms of the name found. Researchers are urged to check under variant forms of the name.

Other Finding Aids

Indexes E-K, L-Q,and R-Z are available electronically in Houghton finding aids: hou01530, hou01531, and hou01543.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Created by Houghton Library, 1942-1992.

Creator

Title
Houghton Library. Houghton Library printed book provenance file, A-D: Index.
Status
completed
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
EAD ID
hou01529

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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