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Gordon Huntington Harper papers

Identifier: MS-0369

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Scope and Contents

This collection mainly consists of the research and writings for Harper’s dissertation and published volume. The subject of both these projects was the relationship of Cardinal John Henry Newman and the scientist, William Froude, during the period when Newman's influence resulted in the conversion to Catholicism of Froude's wife and children (1845-1864). Included in the collection are typescript chapters from Harper's dissertation, "The Froude Family in the Oxford Movement," and typescript of letters from the correspondence of Newman and Froude. Other items are proofs from the published volume, Cardinal Newman and William Froude, F.R.S., reviews, articles, and notes used for further research. Correspondence includes letters of the publisher and several congratulatory messages from colleagues and family. A small group of personal items completes the collection. Among the personal items are travel documents, receipts, commencement programs, a clipping describing John Harper's impressions of Germany in 1921, and letters of appointment to the Department of English at Hopkins (1932-1933). Harpers diplomas from Princeton (1927) and Hopkins (1932) are also present.


  • Creation: 1921-1934


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This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

Collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical Note

Gordon Huntington Harper was an author and instructor in English at Johns Hopkins University. He was born in Chagrin Falls, Ohio October 14, 1904 and came to live in Baltimore at age 11. He was graduated from the Gilman Country School in 1923 and received the B.A. degree from Princeton in 1927. After leaving Princeton, he studied for two years in Europe at Cambridge University, the University of Grenoble, and the University of Heidelberg. Dr. Harper returned to the United States where he completed his graduate studies at Johns Hopkins under the direction of Professor Raymond D. Havens. He received the Ph.D. in 1932 and was appointed instructor in English at Hopkins in 1933.

Dr. Harper's dissertation at Hopkins, "The Froude Family in the Oxford Movement," was a study of the relationship between John Henry Newman (1801-1890) and William Froude (1810-1879). The relationship between the two men, one a convert to Catholicism, and the other a scientist and naval engineer, was a subject of particular interest to Dr. Harper. As a research student at King's College, Cambridge (1928-1929), Harper studied the Oxford Movement under the direction of the Reverend James M. Creed. In 1933, Dr. Harper's expanded work on the correspondence of the two men, Cardinal Newman and William Froude, F.R.S., was published.

Gordon Huntington Harper died on April 8, 1934 at the age of twenty-nine.


1.63 Cubic Feet (1 record center carton, 1 letter size document box)

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Gordon Huntington Harper was an author and instructor in English at Johns Hopkins University born October 14, 1904. This collection mainly consists of the research and writings dating from 1921-1934 for Harper’s dissertation and published volume.


The papers were given to the University by Lawrence K. Harper, Jr. September, 1994.

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Finding aid prepared by Joan Grattan in January 1995.

Gordon Huntington Harper papers
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