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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1088.11

William Lyon Mackenzie King letters to Elizabeth Gaskell Norton


Letters of the Canadian politician William Lyon Mackenzie King.


  • 1906-1911

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.


.33 linear feet (1 box)

Chiefly letters to Elizabeth Gaskell Norton, as well as clippings, a photograph of King, and reports concerning King's tenure as Deputy Minister of Labor and the coal miners strike at Lethbridge, Alberta.

Biographical / Historical

King was a Canadian politician and served as prime minister of Canada for 21 years (1921-1930 and 1935-1948). Elizabeth Gaskell Norton (1866- ) was the daughter of Charles Eliot Norton, editor, literary scholar, and professor of fine arts at Harvard.


Arranged chronologically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source unknown; received: 1948.

King, William Lyon Mackenzie, 1874-1950. William Lyon Mackenzie King letters to Elizabeth Gaskell Norton, 1906-1911: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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