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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Port 39

Júlio Dantas papers


Letters from friends and colleagues to Portuguese writer Júlio Dantas (1876-1962). Also includes some personal papers and a few letters from Dantas to others.


  • 1870-1960

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in Portuguese.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

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 what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


1.5 linear feet (1 box)

Collection consists primarily of over 400 letters and cards to Júlio Dantas from other Portuguese writers, politicians, scientists, and artists. Correspondents include António Boto, Marcello Caetano, Antonio Ferro, Rocha Martins, Egas Moniz, Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro, António de Oliveira Salazar, and many others. There are also a few letters from Dantas to unidentified others.

The papers also include some autograph compositions by Dantas and others, biographical miscellany, and printed material.

Biographical / Historical

Júlio Dantas was a Portuguese doctor, poet, diplomat, and writer. Dantas was born in Lagos, Portugal in 1876. After completing his studies in medicine at the University of Lisbon, he served as a doctor in the Portuguese army. Dantas was also a member, and later, president, of the Academy of Sciences of Lisbon. He also held political positions in Portugal as Minister of Education, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and ambassador to Brazil.

In addition to his government positions, Dantas wrote numerous poems, plays, and novels. One of his best known works is the play A ceia dos cardeaes published in 1902, and another is O que morreu de amor. Some of his other works include a collection of poetry, Nada, and historical works such as Pátria Portuguesa.

Júlio Dantas died in Lisbon, Portugal in 1962.


Arranged into the following series:

  1. I. Correspondence with Dantas
  2. II. Compositions by Dantas and others
  3. III. Biographical miscellany on Dantas
  4. IV. Printed material

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

87M-109. Purchased with the Amy Lowell fund; received: 1987 December 14.

General note

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

Processing Information

Processed by: Jessica Suárez and Jennifer Lopez.

Dantas, Júlio, 1876-1962. Júlio Dantas papers, 1870-1960: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Language of description
Cataloging funded by the Francis P. Scully and Robert G. Scully Class of 1951 Fund.

Repository Details

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