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Henry Harrisse items

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0310
Henry Harrisse was a scholar and bibliographer whose particular interest was the discovery of America. He was born in Paris in 1829. The collection consists largely of items removed from books in the Harrisse Collection in Special Collections at Johns Hopkins dating from approximately 1876-1910, as well as correspondence about Harrisse after his death, dating from 1937-1941.

Dates

  • Majority of material found within 1876-1910
  • 1876-1941

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

Collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Extent

0.19 Cubic Feet (1 letter half-size document box)

Biographical Note

Henry Harrisse was a scholar and bibliographer whose particular interest was the discovery of America. He was born in Paris in 1829 and later became a naturalized American citizen. Apparently, Harrisse came to the United States while still a young man. In 1847, he taught at the Mt. Zion Academy, Winnsboro, South Carolina and later taught French and French Literature at the University of North Carolina and Georgetown University. During this period, he also studied law.

In 1861, Harrisse went to New York city where, in addition to his professional work, he wrote articles for the North American Review and Atlantic Monthly. Harrisse met another scholarly lawyer, Samuel Latham Mitchill [sic] Barlow, and began a study of the sources for the study of Christopher Columbus from books in Barlow's library. In 1866, he published Notes on Columbus followed by Bibliotheca Americana Vetustissima. A Description of Works Relating to America Published between the Years 1492 and 1551.

In 1869, Harrisse returned to Paris where he found lucrative legal work, ample time for his scholarly work, and began the acquisition of his extensive library. He formed friendships with other well-known, literary figures including George Sand. He later studied in Spain and produced between 1884 and 1896 several works on Columbus and the discovery of North America. Eventually, Harrisse published over ninety books, monographs, and articles, most of which were related to the history of America in the period of discovery. Henry Harrisse died in Paris in 1910.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists largely of items removed from books in the Harrisse Collection in Special Collections at Johns Hopkins dating from approximately 1876-1910, as well as correspondence about Harrisse after his death, dating from 1937-1941. Henry Harrisse was a noted scholar and bibliophile, and some volumes from his library form part of the collections of The Johns Hopkins University. The items were inserted directly into the books and have been separated to form the manuscript collection. These materials are arranged by the call number of the book from which they were removed. Included are letters, newspaper clippings, calling cards, invitations, and notes. Harrisse was acquainted with distinguished authors in 19th- century Paris including Ernest Renan, George Sand, Alexandre Dumas and Charles de Spoelberch de Lovenjoul. Apparently, it was his habit to insert some memento or reference into his personal copy of a published work. For instance, in George Sand's Lettres d'un Voyageur was an invitation to a puppet show from M. and Mme. Maurice Sand. A newspaper review (1874) was included in Dumas's L'Ami des Femmes. More recent material in the collection is correspondence, 1937- 1941, of Albert U. Walter, a great-nephew of Harrisse and resident of Baltimore. Maryland. Correspondents include Randolph G. Adams, who did a profile of Harrisse in Three Americanists, and Richard H. McMaster who wished to acquire a photograph of Harrisse for the Mt. Zion Institute in Winnsboro, South Carolina. A final item in the collection is a photostat of a short title list of Harrisse's bibliographical writings.

Provenance

The collection was transferred from Rare Books, October 1990. Correspondence was formerly part of MS.0034.

Processing Information

Finding aid prepare by Joan Grattan in October 1990.

The collection consists largely of items removed from books in the Harrisse Collection in Special Collections. Henry Harrisse was a noted scholar and bibliophile, and some volumes from his library form part of the collections of The Johns Hopkins University. The items were inserted directly into the books and have been separated to form the manuscript collection. These materials are arranged by the call number of the book from which they were removed. Books in the Harrisse Collection are identified by catalog records which are also included in the manuscript collection. Cards are filed in the Manuscripts Catalog which describe similar items which could not be removed from volumes in the Harrisse Collection.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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