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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 186; M-59, reel 995

Papers of Eliza Bowditch Van Loon, 1906-1907


Correspondence, photographs, etc., of Eliza Bowditch Van Loon, member of the Bowditch family of Boston, and wife of writer-journalist Hendrik Willem van Loon.


  • 1906-1907

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Originals closed; use microfilm (M-59, reel 995, no. M31).

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Eliza Bowditch Van Loon 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.


.21 linear feet (1/2 box)
This collection of letters to her family covers the period 1906-1907 when Eliza was living in Moscow and Warsaw. The letters, including 4 letters by Hendrik, depict events in the van Loon's personal life as well as political and social events in Russia and Poland.


Eliza Bowditch van Loon was a member of the Bowditch family of Boston. Her father was Henry Pickering Bowditch (1840-1911), a renowned medical professor and researcher at the Harvard Medical School. She married Hendrik Willem van Loon, a Dutch citizen who had studied at Cornell University, and who became an Associated Press correspondent in Moscow in 1906. After living in Moscow for several months, the van Loons moved to Warsaw in September of 1906 when Hendrik was re-assigned.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 73-98

The papers of Eliza Bowditch van Loon were deposited with the Schlesinger Library in August, 1973 by Gerard Willem van Loon.

Processing Information

Processed: September 1973

By: Katherine Gray Kraft
Link to catalog
Van Loon, Eliza Bowditch. Papers of Eliza Bowditch Van Loon, 1906-1907: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

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