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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 1768

W. H. Bond working papers on Thomas Hollis


Papers created during research on Thomas Hollis V by Houghton Librarian William Henry Bond.


  • 1982-1996


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.


3 linear feet (6 boxes)
Papers include a variety of working papers Bond created during his study of Thomas Hollis V. Includes: autograph manuscript card files and notebook lists of Hollis-donated books to the Harvard College Library, that Bond evaluated; and his typescript transcript computer printouts of the diary of Thomas Hollis V, 1759-1770.

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Hollis V (1720-1774), widely known as Thomas Hollis of Lincoln's Inn, was an English political philosopher and author. He continued his great-uncle Thomas Hollis' practice, as a great benefactor to American colleges, especially Harvard College, sending donations and numerous books.

William Henry Bond was a scholar-bibliographer who served as the Librarian of the Houghton Library from 1964-1982. In 1982-1983 the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation granted him a fellowship in support of his study of Harvard’s great library benefactor, Thomas Hollis. His book, Thomas Hollis of Lincoln’s Inn, was published in 1990. Bond left at his death in 2005 the completed manuscript of a “Checklist of Thomas Hollis’s [3,000] Gifts to the Harvard College Library.”


Arranged into the following series:
  1. I. Hollis books examined by William Henry Bond
  2. II. Transcripts of the Thomas Hollis V diary

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

90M-79 and 95M-34. Gift of W. H. Bond; received: 1991-1996 January 26.

99M-71. Gift of W. H. Bond; received: 2000 February 1

Related Materials

The original manuscript (and a digital version of this manuscript) of the Thomas Hollis diary can be found at MS Eng 1191 (HOLLIS: 009376508).

See also HOLLIS and OASIS for additional materials held by the Houghton Library and the Harvard University Archives relating to Thomas Hollis V.

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
Link to catalog
Bond, W. H. (William Henry), 1915-2005. W. H. Bond working papers for Thomas Hollis, circa 1982-1996: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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