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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Typ 1230

William Bentinck-Smith papers for a book on Philip Hofer


Papers and audio files created and kept by William Bentinck-Smith in preparation for writing about Philip Hofer.


  • circa 1963-1992

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Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

A portion of this collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Surrogates must be made to allow access to the content of audiocassettes.


1.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
.3 linear feet (9 audiocassettes)

Includes printed books; biographical, financial, and personal files on Philip Hofer; files and correspondence from and about Houghton Library staff members; files on Harvard College Library and Harvard University donors and funds; articles and clippings; and 9 audiocassettes of conversations with Philip Hofer, William A. Jackson, and others.

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.

William Bentinck-Smith was a Harvard administrator, historian of Widener Library, and book collector.


Arranged in order as received.

Physical Location

b, Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2019MH-18. Bequest of William Bentinck-Smith, 1993.

Processing Information

Processed by Melanie Wisner, 2019.

Link to catalog
Bentinck-Smith, William, 1914-1993. William Bentinck-Smith papers for a book on Philip Hofer, circa 1963-1992 (MS Typ 1230): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard University
2019 January 11
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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