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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 800.14

F. Holland Day additional papers concerning John Keats

Papers concerning English poet John Keats, collected by American artist and Keats enthusiast F. Holland Day.


  • 1889-1933

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.


1.5 linear feet (5 boxes)

Correspondence between F. Holland Day and others regarding the fund raising campaign for an American memorial to John Keats. Includes letters from Edmund Gosse, Louise Imogen Guiney, Professor Charles Eliot Norton, and many others including Henry James, Professor George Edward Woodberry, Thomas Bailey Aldrich, the Kelmscott Press, etc... and also contains drafts, proofs, and final copies of subscription letters, invitations, and programs printed by William Morris of the Kelmscott Press. Includes letters to F. Holland Day relating to his research on John Keats's life (1872-1894). Also includes many letters to and from Amy Lowell (1921-1925) concerning Keats, letters to Louis Arthur Holman, and letters from subscribers to the Keats memorial in Hampstead Church, 1890-1894. Most letters include envelopes.

Biographical / Historical

Fred Holland Day was an American publisher, "art" photographer, and leader of the aesthetic movement in fin-de-si├Ęcle Boston. Day was an enthusiastic collector of John Keats and he led the campaign (was the secretary of the American Memorial Committee) which resulted in the American memorial to John Keats (a bust of the poet) being placed in Hampstead Church, England, on July 16, 1894.


Organized into the following series:
  1. I. General correspondence of F. Holland Day
  2. II. Correspondence concerning the American Keats memorial
  3. III. Other papers

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number; Purchased with the Henry Saltonstall Howe Fund from Goodspeed's Book Shop; received: 1934 April 27.

  • Many of the letters have been calendared in: Hyder E. Rollins, "F. H. Day and Keats's Biography," Harvard Library Bulletin 4 (Spring 1950), 239-253.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
Link to catalog
Day, F. Holland (Fred Holland), 1864-1933. F. Holland Day additional papers concerning John Keats, 1889-1933: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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