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titleCharles Eliot Norton Papers, ca. 1845-1908 (inclusive) (MS Am 1088).
repositoryHoughton Library
collection titleConsists of letters sent to Charles Eliot Norton. Charles Eliot Norton’s correspondents include prominent figures in the worlds of art and literature in England and the U.S., as well as political and social reformers. Much of Norton’s correspondence concerns his interest in Dante.

There are letters reflecting Norton’s years as joint editor of the North American Review (1863-1868). There are also letters and three scrapbooks relating to his opposition to the Spanish-American War and concerning his controversy with Senator George Frisbie Hoar.

Includes 9 caricature pencil and crayon drawings by Hyman Bloom, made between 1913 and 1971.

History notes :
Norton was an American author, editor, and teacher. He was professor of the history of fine arts at Harvard (1874-1898) with a special interest in the study and translation of Dante.

Notes :
Recataloged from MS Am 9028, "Old autograph file," and Nor 5259.13.

2 extra-illustrated volumes (MS Am 1008.14) are also indexed in this finding aid, though the volumes are cataloged as books in HOLLIS.

Related Material
See also HOLLIS catalog for additional materials related to Charles Eliot Norton, the Norton family, and the North American Review.
extent44 boxes, 2 v. (15 linear ft.)
formatsCorrespondence
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record linkhttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:FHCL.Hough:hou00083
record sourcehttp://hollis.harvard.edu/
finding aidElectronic finding aid available http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:FHCL.Hough:hou00083
acquisition informationGift of the Norton family, 1914-1949
updated05/12/2022 11:09:47
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titleJ. Eastman Chase papers, 1877-1917.
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titlePapers of Boston art dealer of the late 19th and early 20th century, J. Eastman Chase, consisting of letters, and a manuscript fragment and a scrapbook.

49 letters, primarily from artists handled by Chase, often dealing with business affairs, but also anectdotal accounts. Included are seven letters from Winslow Homer, 1881-1882 and 1888, four from John La Farge, 1885 and 1888, and eight illustrated letters from painter George H. Clements, 1887. Among the other correspondents are F. D. Millet, Edward Everett Hale, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Gelett Burgess, William James, John B. Johnston, C. P. Cranch and C. E. Norton. Also 17 pages of a projected autobiography, recounting Chase's Maine boyhood in the 1850's, and a portion of a scrapbook containing newspaper clippings on cultural events in Boston in the 1870's.
extent51 items (on partial microfilm reel). reel 996
formatsCorrespondence Scrapbooks
accessPatrons must use microfilm copy.
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
acquisition informationMr. and Mrs. Eugene Robbins, innkeepers, own the house once occupied by J. Eastman Chase, and found the collection in the attic. The Archives of American Art acquired the collection in June of 1975.
updated11/12/2014 11:29:53
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titlePage family papers, 1838-1929.
repositoryMassachusetts Historical Society
collection titlePrimarily papers of Boston artist Walter Gilman Page, including letters to his family written while studying art in Paris at the Academie Julian and other locations, 1885-89. These letters describe life and studies in Paris and exhibitions of his work, including at the Salon.

Papers of 1892-1929 relate to Page's involvement in numerous organizations and committees, among them the Sons of the Revolution, the Public School Art League of America (regarding school room decoration), the Boston Art Club, and New York University's Hall of Fame. He was also a member of several Boston and Mass. committees, including the Boston School Committee, the Mass. Art Commission, and the Boston Commission on Marking Historical Sites. (Cont.)

Correspondents include Edward E. Hale, Charles E. Norton, George F. Hoar, Roger Wolcott, Daniel C. French, Henry C. Lodge, Benjamin L. Young, Robert U. Johnson, and James M. Curley. The collection also includes an account book (1804-23, later used as a scrapbook) of Page's great-grandfather Leme Page, a New Hampshire shoemaker; papers written by Page's father, Charles J. Page, while a student at Boston English High School (1853-56); and Page's scrapbooks (1886-95, 1900-24) containing clippings and other materials related to his paintings and involvement in various organizations.
extent5 boxes and 1 v.
formatsCorrespondence
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://www.masshist.org/findingaids/
updated11/12/2014 11:29:59
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titleCharles Eliot Norton Additional Papers, 1851-1922 (MS Am 2507).
repositoryHoughton Library
collection titleIncludes: Norton's autograph manuscript drafts for essays, articles, lectures, and speeches, many later published in the North American Review; a record book listing miscellany concerning the publishing of the North American Review, 1863-1868; autograph notes for Norton's various research interests, especially Cluny, Dante, John Donne, and many others; transcript summaries of lecture notes from Fine Arts 3, 1897-1898; and diplomas and awards given to honor Norton. Also includes some Norton-related materials that were given to him and later were donated to the Harvard College Library; and some items not located during the recataloging of this collection

Historical Note
Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Norton was an American scholar and teacher (Harvard AB 1846). He was a professor of the history of art at Harvard University from 1874–1898, co-edited the North American Review (1864–68), and was one of the founders of the journal the Nation (1865). Norton also wrote on art and edited collections of poetry, notably that of John Donne (1895–1905). He is best known for his prose translation of Dante's The Divine Comedy (1891–1892).
extent2 boxes, 1 portfolio box, and 6 volumes (2 linear ft.)
formatsManuscript Writings Ephemera Research Files
accessThere are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
record linkhttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:FHCL.Hough:hou01935
record sourcehttp://hollis.harvard.edu/
finding aidElectronic finding aid available http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:FHCL.Hough:hou01935
acquisition informationRecataloged from a portion of the Norton Collection, formerly part of the Treasure Room of Widener Library. See finding aid for specific acquisition information.
updated11/12/2014 11:29:59
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titleCharles Eliot Norton Letters, ca. 1830-1908 (MS Am 1088.2).
repositoryHoughton Library
collection titleLetters from Norton to miscellaneous others and to Norton family members; also includes letters from Norton family members to others.

History notes :
Organized in the following series: I. Letters by C.E. Norton to others (8 boxes); II. Letters by C.E. Norton to his family (2 boxes); III. Letters by C.E. Norton to miscellaneous others (1 box); and IV. Norton family letters (3 boxes).
extent14 boxes (7 linear ft.)
formatsCorrespondence
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://hollis.harvard.edu/
finding aidCollection is unprocessed. See grey file in Houghton Reading Room for partial list.
updated11/12/2014 11:30:02
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