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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 1814

Sylvia Sprigge papers


Correspondence with Bernard Berenson, working papers for Sprigge's biography of Berenson, photographs, drawings, and printed material.


  • circa 1947-1959

Language of Materials

Collection in English and Italian.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

This collection 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.


5 linear feet (4 boxes)

The bulk of the collection is comprised of correspondence with Bernard Berenson, Nicky Mariano, and others and the working papers for Sprigge's biography of Berenson (published 1960). Other materials include photographs, drawings, and printed materials.

Biographical / Historical

Sylvia Sprigge (1903-1966), journlaist and translator, was correspondent for the Manchester Guardian in Italy from 1943-1953. Sprigge met Berenson in 1945.


Minimally processed into the following series: I. Correspondence II. Compositions III. Compositions by others IV. Notes and research materials V. Printed materials and photographs

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Custodial History

Purchased, 1998

Immediate Source of Acquisition

98M-52. Purchased with Louis J. Appell, Jr. Fund for British Civilization in the Harvard College Library and the Amy Lowell Fund, 1998

Processing Information

Processed by Ashley Nary, 2017.

Sprigge, Sylvia, 1903-1966. Sylvia Sprigge papers, circa 1947-1959 (MS Eng 1814): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
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Repository Details

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