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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 233-233.22

Alexander Pope collection


Collection of autograph documents, compositions, letters, and other materials by and about English poet Alexander Pope.


  • 1711-1744

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to most of this material. Collection is open for research.

fMS Eng 233.1 (1) is restricted from use, reader's must use photostatic copy fMS Eng 233.1 (2) and/or facsimile fMS Eng 233.1.1. Permission of curator must be obtained to consult the original.


1.5 linear feet (26 volumes)

Manuscripts by Alexander Pope including: a drawing, receipts, letters, a copyright assignment, and the autograph manuscript of Ethic epistles [The Essay on man, I-III]. Also includes documents of others concerning Pope, a mezzotint of Pope, an 18th century shorthand version of Essay on Man in an unidentified hand, and a facsimile of An essay on man. reproductions of ... in Pierpont Morgan Library and the Houghton Library ...,1962.

Biographical / Historical

Pope was an English essayist, critic, satirist, and poet of the Enlightenment.


Arranged in call-number order.

Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired from various sources at various times. See items for full acquistion information.

Pope, Alexander, 1688-1744. Alexander Pope collection, 1711-1744: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, archives, and more. Houghton Library's collections represent the scope of human experience from ancient Egypt to twenty-first century Cambridge. With strengths primarily in North American and European history, literature, and culture, collections range in media from printed books and handwritten manuscripts to maps, drawings and paintings, prints, posters, photographs, film and audio recordings, and digital media, as well as costumes, theater props, and a wide range of other objects. Houghton Library has historically focused on collecting the written record of European and Eurocentric North American culture, yet it holds a large and diverse number of primary sources valuable for research on the languages, culture and history of indigenous peoples of the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

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