The bulk of this collection is not housed at the Houghton Library, but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and for retrieval policies and times.This collection does not include the Samuel Johnson-related manuscripts collected by Mary Hyde Eccles.
Many of her shorter works were collected in 2002 as Mary Hyde Eccles: A Miscellany of her Essays and Addresses.
In addition to her scholarly and collecting activities, Mary Hyde was an important supporter of cultural institutions in the United States and Great Britain.
The Clubs and Organizations series includes particularly extensive documentation of involvement in: the David and Mary Eccles Centre for American Studies; the Grolier Club; Houghton Library (particularly the construction of the Donald Frizell Hyde Rooms); and the Johnsonians.
The Compositions and Research series includes drafts of most of her major works of scholarship; extensive research files for The Thrales of Streatham Park and other works; unpublished plays and fiction; texts of numerous speeches; and research files on the letters of Samuel Johnson, including photocopies of the majority of surviving letters.
Mary Hyde Eccles was one of the world's leading collectors of books and manuscripts from the 1940s until her death in 2003. During the first year of their marriage, they resided in Grosse Point, Michigan, and then moved to New York City in January of 1941. They began collecting Japanese prints and illustrated books in 1960.
She was also a distinguished literary scholar and an important benefactor to numerous libraries and cultural institutions. They also assembled an important collection of Oscar Wilde material, which was later left to the British Library.
She was also the primary supporter of the 1998 effort to restore Auchinleck, James Boswell's ancestral estate in Scotland.
Harvard University's Houghton Library owes her a special debt.
Quantity: 1 collection (88 linear feet (84 boxes, 3 pf boxes, and 7 volumes)Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.