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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 1476

George Wiley Sherburn collection of letters and documents


Letters, primarily from George Colman, and other documents collected by the Harvard University English professor George Wiley Sherburn.


  • 1655-1834

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 (1 box)

This is a mixed collection of manuscript materials, and primarily concerns England in the 18th-century. Includes letters from Henry Saint-John Bolingbroke and George Colman to various correspondents. There are also manuscripts by unidentified authors in English and French.

Biographical / Historical

Sherburn (1884-1962) taught English at Harvard and was known primarily for his scholarship on Alexander Pope.


Organized by original accession number groupings, then alphabetically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

51M-178, 51M-181, 51-182. Deposited by George Sherburn, Widener 117; received: 1952 January.

Processing Information

Original accession groupings were maintained, but items were renumbered into one numerical sequence during reclassification in November of 2004.

Sherburn, George Wiley, 1884-, collector. George Wiley Sherburn collection of letters and documents, 1655-1834: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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