Edward J. Holmes collection of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. materials
Edward Holmes was Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr’s nephew. The Edward J. Holmes collection of materials relating to Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. and his family consists of correspondence, estate matters, and various family documents.
Conditions Governing Access
Access to these papers is governed by the rules and regulations of the Harvard Law School Library. This collection is open to the public, but is housed off-site at Harvard Depository and requires 2 business-day advance notice for retrieval. Consult the Historical and Special Collections staff for further information.
Conditions Governing Use
The Harvard Law School Library holds copyright on some, but not all, of the material in our collections. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be directed to the Historical and Special Collections staff. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from the Harvard Law School Library are also responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations who hold copyright.
Extent3.5 boxes (1 linear feet)
The Edward J. Holmes collection of materials relating to Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. and his family consists of correspondence, estate matters, and various family documents, with some of the family documents relating to Fanny Dixwell Holmes's (OWH's wife) family history. Edward Holmes was OWH's nephew and had inherited these documents that include a number of items regarding trusts and estates held in the family. The bulk of the items date from the 1860s to the 1930s, with one family document dating back to 1793.
- Series I. OWH Correspondence, 1894-19351894-1935
- Series II. OWH Estate Matters, 1931-19391931-1939
- Series III. Holmes Family, 1793-19441793-1944
Within eachseries and/or subseries individual items or folders are identified bybox and folder number. For example, the number 5-12 corresponds tobox 5, folder 12.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Mr. & Mrs. Edward J.Holmes in May 1942 (from Houghton). Additional gift made by Estate of Mary Stacy Holmes (wife of Edward) in February 1965
Existence and Location of Copies
The entirety of the Edward J. Holmes Collection of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Materials, 1853-1944 has been digitized. To access individual folders, please click the appropriate link in the container list below. This collection also comprises part of the Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Digital Suite , which brings together all of the digitized holdings of the Harvard Law School Library by or about Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
In 2011 the collection known as the Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841-1935), Papers 1637-1967, was reprocessed by Margaret Peachy. Five new collections were created from this one collection:
- The John G. Palfrey (1875-1945)Collection of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Papers, 1715-1938;
- The Mark DeWolfe Howe Research Materials On Oliver WendellHolmes, Jr., 1858-1968;
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.,Addenda, 1818-1978;
- The Edward J. Holmes Collection ofOliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Materials, 1853-1944;
- Letters from Holmes to Lady Castleton Small ManuscriptCollection.
The decision to reprocess the original Holmes papers was based primarily on two factors. First, the original Holmes donation (i.e. the material gathered by his executor John G. Palfrey) had been corrupted by the inclusion of additional material over many years from various sources, which combined to create a collection that misrepresented the original donation. Second, this practice of adding to the original collection resulted in a complex and difficult to use finding aid.
- Holmes, Edward J., Collection of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Materials, 1853-1944: Finding Aid
- Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138
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