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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 3041

T. S. Eliot family papers


Family and business correspondence of poet T. S. Eliot and his family, as well as photographs, other correspondence, and a few miscellaneous materials.


  • 1896-1958

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Restricted: unpublished T.S. Eliot material is restricted; consult curatorial staff.


3 linear feet (8 boxes)
Includes extensive autograph manuscript and typescript correspondence between T. S. Eliot and his mother (Charlotte Eliot), his father (Henry Ware Eliot, Sr.), and his brother (Henry Ware Eliot, Jr.). Also includes letters between other family members such as: Eliot's first wife Vivienne Eliot to Theresa Garrett Eliot and Henry Ware Eliot, Jr.; and Eliot's second wife Valerie to Theresa Garrett Eliot. Other letters feature: a letter from Ezra Pound to T. S. Eliot's father (Henry Ware Elliot, Sr.) expounding on Eliot's importance to the literary world; letters from Bertrand Russell to Charlotte Eliot concerning T.S. Eliot's ability; and many others. Also contains: extensive correspondence between Henry Ware Eliot, Jr. and his mother, Charlotte Eliot, especially concerning family business and legal transactions, as well as personal matters; and a set of letters concerning legal matters concerning the unauthorized use of The Wasteland in the Boni Anthology. Additionally the collection contains other materials such as: photographs of T. S. Eliot, Vivienne Eliot, and many others; a few printed items; and manuscript notes by Henry Ware Eliot, Jr.

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Stearns Eliot (1888–1965) was an American-born, British-naturalized, literary critic, publisher, essayist, playwright, and one of the twentieth century's major poets.

T. S. Eliot's brother, Henry Ware Eliot, Jr. and sister-in-law, Theresa Garrett Eliot, collected letters and other materials concerning T. S. Eliot and his family.

A few of the primary family names associated with this collection are listed below, with relationship to T. S. Eliot:
  1. Henry Ware Eliot, 1843-1919; father [Sr.].
  2. Charlotte Champe Stearns Eliot, 1843-1929; mother.
  3. Henry Ware Eliot, 1879-1947; brother [Jr.].
  4. Theresa Ann Garrett Eliot, 1884-1981; wife of Henry Ware Eliot, Jr.; sister-in-law of T. S. Eliot.
  5. Vivienne Haigh-Wood Eliot, 1888-1947; first wife.
  6. Esmé Valerie Fletcher Eliot, 1926-2012; second wife=known as Valerie Eliot.


Arranged into the following series:
  1. I. T. S. Eliot correspondence
  2. II. Other correspondence, by name
  3. III. Business correspondence
  4. IV. Photographs and negatives
  5. V. Other materials

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

59M-126. Gift of Theresa Garrett Eliot [Mrs. Henry Ware Eliot, Jr.]; received: 1959 December.

99M-22. Gift of Theresa Garrett Eliot [Mrs. Henry Ware Eliot, Jr.]; received: 1959 December.

The material cataloged below was collected by Henry and Theresa Eliot and placed in the vault of the Houghton Library. It was removed from the vault and fully cataloged in July of 2015.

Related Materials

See HOLLIS and OASIS for other T. S. Eliot and Eliot family papers held by the Houghton Library.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Original cataloging list for 59M-126 has been removed to curatorial file.
Link to catalog
Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965. T. S. Eliot family papers, 1896-1958: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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