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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Typ 1229

Philip Hofer papers


Correspondence, lectures, notes, and miscellaneous papers of American book collector and curator, Philip Hofer.


  • circa 1938-1983

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.


7 linear feet (8 boxes)

Includes correspondence between Philip Hofer and book dealers, calligraphers, stone cutters, librarians, curators, scholars, and friends, with lectures, notes, and miscellaneous papers; some material by and about his wife, Bunnie Hofer, is also present.

Biographical / Historical

Philip Hofer was an American book collector, art historian, and curator; he founded in 1938 and was the first curator of Harvard's Printing & Graphic Arts department (now part of the Houghton Library). He was a member of the Harvard class of 1921.


In series as received.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2019MH-15. Bequest of Philip Hofer, 1984.

Processing Information

Processed by Melanie Wisner, 2018.

Hofer, Philip, 1898-1984. Philip Hofer papers, circa 1938-1983 (MS Typ 1229): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University
2018 October 29
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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, archives, and more. Houghton Library's collections represent the scope of human experience from ancient Egypt to twenty-first century Cambridge. With strengths primarily in North American and European history, literature, and culture, collections range in media from printed books and handwritten manuscripts to maps, drawings and paintings, prints, posters, photographs, film and audio recordings, and digital media, as well as costumes, theater props, and a wide range of other objects. Houghton Library has historically focused on collecting the written record of European and Eurocentric North American culture, yet it holds a large and diverse number of primary sources valuable for research on the languages, culture and history of indigenous peoples of the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

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