Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
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.
38.75 linear feet (30 boxes)
The collection contains fewer manuscript materials for the earlier books Langer wrote as opposed to the later. For example there are very few manuscript materials for Philosophy in a New Key or for Feeling and Form, but many for Mind. Cross-references have been put on pieces of paper and inserted into the collection in a few places. Often Langer's dating and titles on the folder do not refer to everything in it. She often pulled various pieces together to create her own lecture or such later. Small pieces of papers have been put together into white envelopes and described contents on envelope.
Biographical / Historical
- I. Correspondence
- II. Compositions
- III. Unsorted Materials
- IV. Index Card Files
Immediate Source of Acquisition
2002M-65 (b). Gift of Leonard C. R. Langer, received: 2003 May 16.
2003M-37. Gift of Leonard C. R. Langer, received: 2003 December 2.
Current finding aid made available online in 2016 with use of existing description, no further arrangement done at that time.
Donald Dryden initially sorted and arranged the Langer papers. The correspondence was preliminarily sorted by Harvard work-study students. There is still a section of unsorted correspondence. Mr. Dryden went through the entire collection and rough sorted all of it, but spent most of his time fine-tuning the Langer composition section. He removed most but not all of the paper clips; he often replaced these clips with sheets of paper wrapped around sections of pages; he moved materials into acid free temporary folders and labeled most in some way, often with all the information taken from the old folders; he added titles in [ ] when he supplied the title. He also made a very preliminary study of the index cards and wrote down a possible arrangement/description scheme for them. In October of 1997, B. Salt spent a week quickly sorting a portion of the collection, to facilitate use by readers.
- Langer, Susanne Katherina Knauth, 1895-1985. Susanne Langer papers, 1895-1985 (MS Am 3110): Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
- January 12, 2017
- Description rules
- Initial processing made possible with grant from Leonard Langer.
- EAD ID
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