Guide to the Papers of Harold G. Rugg, 1755 - 1957Manuscript MS-1133

Full Finding Aid


Guide to the Papers of Harold G. Rugg, 1755 - 1957

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1133

Collection Dates:

1755 - 1957

Size of Collection:

3 box (2.5 linear ft.)


Harold Goddard Rugg (1883-1957), librarian and professor. Dartmouth College Class of 1906. Consist of correspondence, writings and an autograph collection which includes letters, envelopes, clipped signatures, notes and signed photographs from prominent writers, actors, opera singers, composers, educators, politicians and royalty.

Access to Collection:


Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Access to Collection


Publication & Use

These materials may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.).

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Harold Goddard Rugg contain correspondence, writings and his autograph collection which include letters, envelopes, clipped signatures, notes and signed photographs from prominent writers, actors, opera singers, composers, educators, politicians and royalty. An undated manuscript page by Harriet Beecher Stowe and a manuscript fragment from Henry Thoreau, as well as miscellaneous letters from the 18th and 19th century are also included.


Harold Goddard Rugg was born on January 21, 1883, in Hartland, Vermont. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1906, and was hired as the library secretary. In 1912, he became the executive assistant to the librarian, and in 1919, was promoted to assistant librarian. In 1920, he began teaching in the art department on the history of books and printing. He rose from lecturer to assistant professor and full professor by 1947. In 1940, he received an honorary M.A. degree from Dartmouth College. Rugg retired in 1953. Throughout his adult life Harold Rugg was a librarian, historian, naturalist, gardener, world traveler, and avid collector of rare and fine books and autographs. His collection of printed historical material on Vermont, which he donated to the Vermont Historical Society, numbered in the thousands and was considered among the best in the world. His collection of Robert Frost material which included many early letters from the poet, first editions, and signed copies forms the backbone of the Frost collection at Dartmouth College. Rugg died in 1957, at the age of 74 in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: 1752-1954

Contains pieces of correspondence or autographs from many people including, but not limited to, Catherine the Great, John Hart, GK Chesterton, James Fenimore Cooper, Anthony Hope Hopkins, Isaac Hill, Victor Hugo, William James, John Keats, Belva Lockwood, Nellie Melba, Ignacy Paderewski, Franklin Pierce, Giacomo Puccini, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Red Cloud, Lizette Woodward Reese, John Boyle O'Reilly, Agnes Repplier, Louis-Francois Armand du Plessis, James Whitcomb Riley, Edward G. Robinson, Edwin Arlington Robinson, Auguste Rodin, Anna Katharine Green, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Siegfried Sassoon, William Tecumseh Sherman, Ernest Thompson Seton, William Sharp, Charles M. Skinner, Jean Sibelius, Goldwin Smith, Samuel Francis Smith, Sidney Irving Smith, Robert Southay, Jared Sparks, Kate Sanborn, William Saroyan, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, John Stark, Charles Warren Stoddard, Bram Stoker, Richard Strauss, Igor Stravinsky, Algernon Swinburne, Rabindranath Tagore, Abbott Handerson Thayer, Celia Thaxter, Theodore Thomas, Leo Tolstoy, Harry Truman, Henry Theodore Tuckerman, John Tyler, Daniel Berkeley Updike, Carl Van Vechten, Queen Victoria, Jules Verne, Harold Vinal, Lew Wallace, William Wallace, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward, Booker T. Washington, Duke of Wellington, H. G. Wells, Benning Wentworth, Andrew White, John Hall Wheelock, Opal Whiteley, Walt Whitman, Kate Douglas Wiggin, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Augusta Evans Wilson, Woodrow Wilson, William Wirt, Wilford Woodruff, Oliver Wolcott, Ellen Wood, Leonard Wood, George Edward Woodberry, William Wordsworth, William Huntington Wright, Bennett H. Young, Emile Zola, and a collection of letters from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Access Restrictions


Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Miscellaneous letters (Vermont Historical Society), 1752-1897
  • Folder: 2, Letters and Autographs, PE - PL, 1860-1923
  • Folder: 3, Letters and Autographs, PO - PY, 1836-1930
  • Folder: 4, Letters and Autographs, Q - REZ, 1857-1931
  • Folder: 5, Letters and Autographs, RI - RIT, 1762-1918
  • Folder: 6, Letters and Autographs, RO - ROE, 1890-1924
  • Folder: 7, Letters and Autographs, ROF - RY, 1890-1954
  • Folder: 8, Letters and Autographs, S - SA, 1849-1939
  • Folder: 9, Letters and Autographs, SC - SH, 1850-1930
  • Folder: 10, Letters and Autographs, SI - SO, 1835-1931
  • Folder: 11, Letters and Autographs, SP - STE, 1827-1939
  • Folder: 12, Letters and Autographs, STI - SY, 1887-1935
  • Folder: 13, Letters and Autographs, TA - THOMAS, 1853-1926
  • Folder: 14, Letters and Autographs, THOMP - TY, 1847-1947
  • Folder: 15, Letters and Autographs, U, 1916-1939
  • Folder: 16, Letters and Autographs, V, 1780-1937
  • Folder: 17, Letters and Autographs, W - WA, 1755-1929
  • Folder: 18, Letters and Autographs, WE, 1846-1934
  • Folder: 19, Letters and Autographs, WH, 1878-1923
  • Folder: 20, Letters and Autographs, WI, 1835-1932
  • Folder: 21, Letters and Autographs, WO - WY, 1792-1935
  • Folder: 22, Letters and Autographs, X - Z, 1866-1911
  • Folder: 23, Letters and Autographs, F. D. Roosevelt, 1933-1941
  • Folder: 24, Clipped signatures, signed letters, US passport, 1860-1925
  • Folder: 25, Clipped signatures, signed photographs, 1881-1923
  • Folder: 26, Manuscript page by Harriett Beecher Stowe, undated
  • Folder: 27, Manuscript fragment by Henry Thoreau "Excursions", 1863

Box: 2, Dates: 1769

Patent for Major Arto Magnus Groot Hauser, Russian, signed by Catherine the Great, on velum

Access Restrictions


Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 3, Dates: 1882-1957

Access Restrictions


Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Correspondence, 1882
  • Folder: 2, Correspondence, 1902-1915
  • Folder: 3, Correspondence, 1920s
  • Folder: 4, Correspondence, 1931-1939
  • Folder: 5, Correspondence, 1940-1949
  • Folder: 6, Correspondence, 1951-1957
  • Folder: 7, Writings: Notes on Botanical Issues by Harold Rugg, undated
  • Folder: 8, Writings: "On Paper and Printing" by Harold Rugg, undated
  • Folder: 9, Writings: "On Edible Roots" by Harold Rugg, typescript with notes and edits, undated
  • Folder: 10, Address Book, undated
  • Folder: 11, Envelopes addressed to Harold Rugg and Sidney Cox from Robert Frost, circa 1921-1946

Finding Aids