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COLLECTION Identifier: MS AmW 104

Frederick Jackson Turner correspondence


Correspondence of American historian Frederick Jackson Turner including letters from Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Atlantic Monthly editors, and others.


  • Creation: 1889-1927

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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Conditions Governing Use

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.5 linear feet (1 box)

Chiefly letters to Turner concerning his writings on the American West, a few of Turner's notes on the correspondence, and two printed articles by Turner: The problem of the American West and Problems in American history. Includes letters to Turner from Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, and William Edward Dodd. Contains correspondence with Houghton, Mifflin and Company and the Atlantic Monthly, especially with Atlantic Monthly editors Horace Elisha Scudder, Walter Hines Page, and Bliss Perry. Also includes letters from Turner to William Peterfield Trent, from Woodrow Wilson to Reuben Gold Thwaites, and from Turner to the Harvard College Library and to Ray Stannard Baker.

Biographical / Historical

Frederick Jackson Turner (1861–1932) was an American historian. He graduated with a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1884, obtained his Ph.D. in history from Johns Hopkins University in 1890, and was a professor of history at Wisconsin from1890-1910. Turner was a professor of history at Harvard University from 1911-1924. He is best known for his The Significance of the Frontier in American History.


Arranged into the following series:

  1. I. Theodore Roosevelt letters to Frederick Jackson Turner, 1894-1898
  2. II. Horace Elisha Scudder, Walter Hines Page, and Bliss Perry correspondence with Frederick Jackson Turner, 1896-1899
  3. III. Woodrow Wilson letters to Frederick Jackson Turner, 1889-1919
  4. IV. Letters concerning gift of collection, 1924-1927

Each series is arranged chronologically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Forms part of the collection of Western Americana Manuscripts at Houghton Library, collected under the auspices of the Harvard Commission on Western History.

No accession number. Gift of Frederick Jackson Turner, Cambridge, Massachusetts; received: 1924 May 31. Letters concerning acquistion of this collection are cataloged as Series IV. below.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Turner, Frederick Jackson, 1861-1932. Frederick Jackson Turner correspondence, 1889-1927: Guide.
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