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Library General Correspondence
HIA 31.1.1-2  
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Description
The collection contains the general correspondence to and from the Huntington Library up to 1980.
Background
The Huntington Library began as Henry E. Huntington’s private collection of rare books and manuscripts. In 1908-1909, Mr. Huntington obtained a quarter of the Henry W. Poor library and in 1911 acquired the entirety of the E. Dwight Church library. Over the following years, Mr. Huntington purchased a number of distinguished collections, including a Gutenberg bible and the small Beverly Chew library which contained first editions of seventeenth century English poetry. Mr. Huntington accumulated an extensive collection of English drama, including the Kemble-Devonshire plays. Mr. Huntington’s collection attracted the attention of many notable scholars and influential people of the period.
Extent
58 boxes
Restrictions
In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.
Availability
Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to following web site.