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COLLECTION Identifier: A-31

Papers of Grace Norton, ca.1898


Manuscripts of lectures and articles on 17th- and 18th-century French literary personages including a series on French women by Grace Norton, author and lecturer.


  • 1898

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Grace Norton as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


.42 linear feet (1 file box)

Manuscripts of lectures and articles on 17th- and 18th-century French literary personages by Grace Norton including a series on French women.


Grace Norton was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the daughter of Andrew and Catherine (Eliot) Norton. She was privately educated in Cambridge, and developed a great love for the literature of France. She became a great student of Montaigne, translating and discussing his works, as well as those of other French authors. Some of her articles appeared in "World Literature."

As a lecturer she was well known. We have received her lecture notes for the series of lectures on "Society in France during the 17th and 18th centuries," as well as those for a second series on other French personages in the literary field.

She was author of: Studies in Montaigne (1904), Early Writings of Montaigne and Other Papers (1904), Le Plutarque de Montaigne (compiled and edited 1906), The Influence of Montaigne, and The Spirit of Montaigne (1908).

She died in Cambridge, May 5, 1926. See also: Who Was Who.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 51-27

Received April 1951, from the Main Library. Gift of The Misses Norton Kirkland Street Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Norton, Grace 1834-1926. Papers of Grace Norton, ca.1898: A Finding Aid
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