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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Typ 1240

Philip Hofer card catalogs and indexes


Card catalogs and indexes created by American book collector and curator, Philip Hofer, for his collection of books and manuscripts.


  • circa 1931-1984


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.


17.5 linear feet (17 boxes)

Various card catalogs and indexes to books and manuscripts acquired, studied, and curated by Philip Hofer and his wife, Frances L. Hofer; much of the collection described is now held by the Houghton Library.

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.


Collection is arranged as received, in files matching original labels found on card boxes.

Physical Location

Houghton: Horblit Room

Immediate Source of Acquisition


Processing Information

Processed by Melanie Wisner, 2019.

Hofer, Philip, 1898-1984. Philip Hofer card catalogs and indexes, circa 1931-1984 (MS Typ 1240): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard University
2019 February 20
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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.

Houghton Library’s Reading Room is free and open to all who wish to use the library’s collections.

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