Holmes, Oliver Wendell papers, 1843-1888 (inclusive). H MS c9


Contains original outgoing letters of Holmes to various individuals, some identified. Subjects pertain to poetry, family matters, social activities, letters of recommendation, etc. Other papers include lectures on anatomy for Harvard Medical School courses; various lectures on medical topics by others; and last stanza of poem "The Chambered Nautilus" by Holmes.

Items in the Holmes, Oliver Wendell papers, 1843-1888 (inclusive). H MS c9 Collection

Letter from Oliver Wendell Holmes to Harold C. Ernst
As this letter attests, Holmes was less than enchanted with his composite photograph: “I thank you for them. They are curious, interesting—and fearfully truthful. I do not think much is gained in this instance by the multiple process. I…

Notes on anatomy lectures taken by Edward A. Whiston
Edward Andem Whiston (1838-1909) of Framingham received a medical degree from Harvard in 1861, then served as a surgeon with the 1st and 16th regiments of the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. He was later the port physician of…

Letter from Oliver Wendell Holmes to John Samuel Whiting
Holmes’ extensive medical library grew by not only his own purchases but also many gifts from friends, admirers, and colleagues. In this letter to physician John Samuel Whiting (1828-1896), Holmes expresses his thanks for the copy of an early…

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