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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2615

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Dana papers on Henri Barbusse and Sacco-Vanzetti


Papers of political activist and literary scholar Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Dana concerning the life of Henri Barbusse and the Sacco-Vanzetti case.


  • Creation: 1913-1949

Language of Materials

Collection materials are predominantly in English and French; some in Russian.

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.


.5 linear feet (2 boxes)

Includes correspondence from Henri Barbusse, Bartolomeo Vanzetti, and others to Dana; articles and speeches by Dana on the Sacco-Vanzetti case and on Barbusse; speeches by Barbusse; clippings on Barbusse, socialism, and pacifism during the inter-war years; drawings and photographs of Barbusse.

Biographical / Historical

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ("Harry") Dana, Harvard AB 1903, AM 1904, PhD 1910 taught English at the University of Paris (Sorbonne) from 1908 to 1910 and comparative literature at Columbia University from 1912 to 1917, when he was dismissed for pacifist activities. Thereafter he continued to teach compartive literature and Russian studies at a variety of educational institutions and was deeply involved in progressive political activities, particularly in advancing the cause of global socialism and supporting labor unions and worker education. Throughout his life he traveled widely, living in the Soviet Union from 1927 to 1928 and visiting major centers of European drama such as London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, and Budapest. The bulk of his literary oeuvre focused on Soviet drama; he also wrote a history of the Dana family, The Dana Saga, and produced an edition of the novel of his paternal grandfather, Richard Henry Dana, Jr., Two Years Before the Mast. Beginning in 1917, Dana was granted life tenancy of the Vassall-Craigie-Longfellow House at 105 Brattle St., Cambridge, Mass. and became its first curator when the residence was made a national monument and research center administered by the US National Park Service.


Arranged into the following series:

  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Dana compositions
  3. III. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Dana translations of Henri Barbusse
  4. IV. Clippings
  5. V. Drawings and photographs

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

56M-230. Gift of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Dana; received: 1956 January 1. Transferred from the Printed Book Department (*56-1829) to the Manuscript Department, 1956.

General note

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

Processing Information

Processed by: Michael W. Austin

Dana, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1881-1950. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Dana papers on Henri Barbusse and Sacco-Vanzetti, 1913-1949: Guide.
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