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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2539

Mary Hyde Eccles papers concerning the Charlotte Lennox correspondence


Correspondence, memoranda and articles concerning the efforts of Mary Hyde Eccles to publish a group of letters from Samuel Johnson to Charlotte Lennox.


  • 1964-1966

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.2 linear feet (1 box)
This collection relates to Mary Hyde's essay Not in Chapman, a catalog of unpublished Samuel Johnson letters which was to appear in Johnson, Boswell and Their Circle: Essays Presented to Lawrence Fitzroy Powell in Honor of his Eighty-fourth Birthday. As this project neared completion, a new cache of letters from Samuel Johnson to Charlotte Lennox was discovered in the vault of the British Linen Bank, which triggered a series of negotiations before the Hyde essay could be revised and published.

The correspondents include James Lowry Clifford, Dan Davin, Michael Francis Gilbert, Arthur Amory Houghton, Donald Frizell Hyde, Mary Lascelles, Robert F. Metzdorf, Lawrence Fitzroy Powell, and others. The compositions series includes memoranda and drafts of relevant articles by Mary Hyde and Duncan E. Isles.

Biographical / Historical

Mary Hyde Eccles was one of the world's leading collectors of books and manuscripts from the 1940s until her death in 2003. She was also a distinguished literary scholar, and an important benefactor to numerous libraries and cultural institutions. She was born as Mary Morley Crapo on 1912, married Donald Frizell Hyde in 1939, and after his death in 1966 remarried to David Eccles, Viscount Eccles in 1984.


Arranged into the following series:
  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Compositions

Physical Location



These papers were apparently given by Mary Hyde to Arthur Amory Houghton on 1966 March 14. They were found in a filing cabinet among official Houghton Library records in 2007 with no further provenance information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2006M-65. Donor and date unknown; accessioned: 2007 April 27.

Related Materials

The Lennox correspondence was soon afterward purchased by Arthur Amory Houghton, who donated it to the Houghton Library in 1968 as MS Eng 1269. See also the Mary Hyde Eccles Papers, MS Hyde 98.

Processing Information

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Link to catalog
Eccles, Mary Hyde. Mary Hyde Eccles papers concerning the Charlotte Lennox correspondence, 1964-1966: 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, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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