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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 1685

Alexander McElwain papers on George Sandys


Papers relating to Alexander McElwain's research on English poet George Sandys.


  • 1925-1956

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in 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.


1.5 linear feet (2 boxes)

Correspondence concerns McElwain's gathering research on George Sandys from various persons and libraries apparently for graduate work at Harvard's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Compositions include McElwain's autograph manuscript and typescript research notes and drafts of writings, as well as some of his school papers for English 74 and 186 at Harvard. Some materials seem to have been given to Harvard professor James Buell Munn. There are also manuscript transcripts and notes in other hands; a printed map dated 1867, and genealogies on the Sandys family among other items.

Biographical / Historical

Alexander McElwain (born 1897) received a Harvard AB with the Class of 1921 and attended the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. McElwain as a scholar and was especially interested in George Sandys (1578-1644), who was an English traveller, American colonist, and poet.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Correspondence of Alexander McElwain
  2. II. Compositions and research notes
  3. III. Papers given to Harvard professor James Buell Munn

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

56M-167. Gift of Alexander McElwain (AB 1921); received: 1956.

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

McElwain, Alexander, 1897-. Alexander McElwain papers on George Sandys, 1925-1956: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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