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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 1847

Harlan Mankin papers


Papers of "The Human Frog", Harlan Sanford Mankin (1888-1969), a vaudeville contortionist.


  • circa 1905-1972


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.


.5 linear feet (2 boxes)

Photographs, clippings, travel documents, and scrapbooks of "The Human Frog", Harlan Sanford Mankin; with a few papers of Ida Loretta Mankin (née Nelson), Harlan's mother.

Biographical / Historical

Harlan (or Harley) Sanford (or Sandford) Mankin was a vaudeville contortionist know as "The Human Frog". He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1888 and died in Fremont, Michigan in 1969.


Minimally arranged.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2019MT-18. Gift of Linda Maranis in memory of Harlan Sanford Mankin, 2018.

Processing Information

Minimally processed by Melanie Wisner, 2018 August.

In 2020, as part of a conscious and inclusive re-descripton effort, titles were updated to include a woman's first name when identified. Ida Loretta Mankin (née Nelson) previously identified as Mrs. Ida Mankin.

Mankin, Harlan Sanford, 1888-1969. Harlan Mankin papers, circa 1905-1972 (MS Thr 1847): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University
2018 August 31
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Repository Details

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