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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2797

Grace Norton lecture notes on French art and literature


Manuscript lecture notes on French history, literature and art by American scholar, Grace Norton.


  • 1892 and undated

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in French and English.

Conditions Governing Access

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

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 linear feet (2 boxes)

Includes autograph manuscript notes and essays for lectures and/or books. All on topic of French literature, history, and art. Titles for notes were taken from envelopes or covers, in the hand of Grace Norton. A few items include annotations by Norton from a later date explaining what the notes were from.

Biographical / Historical

Grace Norton (1834-1926) was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the daughter of Andrew Norton and Catherine Eliot Norton, and the sister of American author and Harvard professor, Charles Eliot Norton. She was privately educated in Cambridge, and developed a great love for the literature of France, especially that of the French essayist, Montaigne. Norton became a Montaigne expert, translating, writing, and lecturing on his works, as well as those of other French authors. Many of her articles appeared in World Literature, Nation, and other publications.


Arranged alphabetically by title.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

52M-300. Gift of Ernest R. Green; received: 1953.

Related Materials

See also:

  1. Grace Norton Portfolio of Nation Articles (MS Am 2556)
  2. Grace Norton Letters to Lucy Allen Paton (MS Am 1967)
  3. Grace Norton Papers (MS Fr 119-119.5)
  4. See HOLLIS and OASIS for additional materials held by Houghton
  5. Grace Norton Papers are also held by the Schlesinger Libray at Harvard

General note

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

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Norton, Grace, 1834-1926. Grace Norton lecture notes on French art and literature, 1892 and undated: Guide.
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