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Harry Elkins Widener manuscript file


Miscellaneous letters and other manuscripts removed from volumes in the Harry Elkins Widener Collection, with items added from other sources.


  • Creation: 1861-1908

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)

The Harry Elkins Widener manuscript file is a collection of manuscript items most often found loose and removed from the bound volumes that form the Harry Elkins Widener Collection, and miscellaneous items added later with source information displayed.

Biographical / Historical

The Harry Elkins Widener Collection consists of the original library belonging to Harry Elkins Widener, Class of 1907, at the time of his death on the Titanic in 1912, as well as a few notable items added by his family after that date. The entire collection was given to Harvard by his mother, Eleanor Widener Rice. It includes approximately 3,300 volumes and is housed in the Memorial Room in Widener Library.


Arranged alphabetically by author or title.

Physical Location


Physical Location

[Shelved in Widener Memorial Room at HEW 7.12.0]

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Full accession information is provided with the book record in HOLLIS. This grouping of materials is also known as the "HEW Manuscript File."

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Harry Elkins Widener manuscript file, 1861-1908: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, archives, and more. Houghton Library's collections represent the scope of human experience from ancient Egypt to twenty-first century Cambridge. With strengths primarily in North American and European history, literature, and culture, collections range in media from printed books and handwritten manuscripts to maps, drawings and paintings, prints, posters, photographs, film and audio recordings, and digital media, as well as costumes, theater props, and a wide range of other objects. Houghton Library has historically focused on collecting the written record of European and Eurocentric North American culture, yet it holds a large and diverse number of primary sources valuable for research on the languages, culture and history of indigenous peoples of the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

Houghton Library’s Reading Room is free and open to all who wish to use the library’s collections.

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