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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2531

Letters sent to Hyder Edward Rollins


Letters sent to Harvard professor of English, Hyder Edward Rollins, from his former students and colleagues. Especially includes letters sent during, and shortly after, World War II.


  • Majority of material found within 1944-1946
  • 1927-1946

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine retrieval policies and times.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

The bulk of these letters are from Harvard men who were taught by Rollins as undergraduates or doctoral students. Most of these students moved on to other universities to pursue academic careers in the field of literature. The bulk of letters are from the World War II time period (ca. 1944-1946) and primarily span topics of the war, military service, as well as their career concerns.

Some folders were marked "From Harvard servicemen" and contain letters specifically about World War II military service. This designation was retained in the notes below. A few items have autograph annotations by Rollins.

Biographical / Historical

Hyder Edward Rollins (1889-1958) was born in Abilene, Texas. In 1910 he received a B.A. from Southwestern University, an M.A. from the University of Texas in 1912, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1917. In 1919 he went to Europe on a Harvard Sheldon Traveling Fellowship and in 1920 he was appointed assistant professor at New York University, becoming a full professor four years later. In 1926 he returned to Harvard, later succeeding George Lyman Kittredge as the Gurney Professor of English (1939-1956). Rollins never married, died in 1958, and was buried in Abilene, Texas.


Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

46M-422. Gift of Professor Hyder Edward Rollins, 1 Waterhouse Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts; received: 1946 November 4.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Formerly restricted; restriction removed 2007 April 26.

Rollins, Hyder Edward, 1889-1958, recipient. Letters sent to Hyder Edward Rollins, 1927-1946: Guide.
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