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Henry L. Seaver papers

Identifier: MRBC-MS-00041

Scope and Contents

The collection includes Henry L. Seaver's research subject files, personal papers and correspondence including with John E. Burchard, Margaret L. Johnson, Dorothy King, Margaret S. Grierson, photographs and negatives, course notes and lectures and a typescript of a manuscript on witchcraft. Also here included is ephemera from Seaver's press, including wood engravings and copper plates.

Dates of Materials

  • 1890 - 1975


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical / Historical

Seaver was born in Boston in 1878 and educated at Harvard University (B.A., 1900; M.A., 1914). He taught at Harvard, then joined the Department of English and History at M.I.T. in 1901. He later taught European art history in the Department of Architecture at M.I.T. and in the early 1940s the same at the Lowthorpe School of Landscape Architecture for Women. Seaver was a collector of rare books, manuscripts and autographs. He was an amateur printer and photographer, as well as a printmaker and bookbinder. He was married in 1908 to Susan Russell (Smith College Class of 1901). Seaver died Nov. 1975.


20.625 linear feet (19 containers)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Estate of Henry L. Seaver, June 1976.

Finding aid to Henry L. Seaver papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Ellice Amanna
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2019-10-30: Finding aid updated to current standards and published.
  • 2019-11-13: Box level inventory added

Repository Details

Part of the Mortimer Rare Book Collection Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063