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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 783

Lindsay Swift letters from various correspondents


Letters from family members and various correspondents sent to the American editor and author Lindsay Swift.


  • 1874-1920 and undated

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.


3 linear feet (6 boxes)
Letters to Lindsay Swift from personal friends and from various correspondents, including Richard Burton, Jeannette L. Gilder, and M. A. De Wolfe Howe, Bliss Perry and others, relating to Swift's literary and historical work. Also contains letters from Swift's children, including letters from his son Allen in service in Europe during World War I and from his daughter Harriet concerning student life at Vassar College.

Biographical / Historical

Swift was an editor and author. He worked in the Catalogue Department of the Boston Public Library (1878-1896) and then served as editor of library publications (1896-1921).


Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Gift of Lindsay Swift; received: 1921.
Swift, Lindsay, 1856-1921, recipient. Lindsay Swift letters from various correspondents, 1874-1920: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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