University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Curtis Hidden Page:

An Inventory of His Papers at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Page, Curtis Hidden, 1870-1946
Title: Curtis Hidden Page Papers
Dates: 1886-1946
Abstract: Page's translated works make up a significant portion of this collection but there are also original texts from his poems, essays and other original works in numerous stages of editing.
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-3136
Extent: 9 document boxes, 1 oversize box (osb) (4.78 linear feet), 6 galley folders
Languages: English and French
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Biographical Sketch

Curtis Hidden Page was an American educator and translator born in Greenwood, Missouri, in 1870. The Pages trace their roots back to some of the founding members of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, including Gov. John Winthrop. Page graduated from Harvard University in 1892 with a doctorate in English Literature and a concentration in French. He taught French and English at Harvard for fifteen years. In 1911, after a brief stint at Columbia and Northwestern Universities, Page became a professor of English Literature at Dartmouth College, where he remained until his death in 1946.

In World War I, Page served as an officer in the Ordinance Corp. from 1917 to 1919. He advanced to the rank of major through a series of rapid promotions during his first few months due to his ability to speak both French and German and translate effectively. Page later served his state of New Hampshire as a state legislator in 1933 and again in 1939 at the age of 69.

Throughout his life, Dr. Page was a prolific and gifted poet. He published not only in literary journals and magazines like Vanity Fair, but also in stand-alone collections. Page is known for his theatrical translations of plays by Molière, Rabelais, and de Bergerac. His translation of Tartuffe, or the Hypocrite by Molière remains the definitive text for English productions.

Scope and Contents

Page's translated works make up a significant portion of this collection, but there are also original texts from his poems, essays, and other original works in numerous stages of editing. His handwritten corrections and changes are present throughout the collection, and he was quite an aggressive editor. The collection is organized into three series: I. Works, divided into original and translated works and arranged alphabetically by title (5 boxes); II. Correspondence, subdivided into outgoing and incoming and arranged chronologically (1 box); and III. Personal Papers, including his notes and works as a graduate student (3 boxes).

The Works Series contains typescripts, manuscripts, and proofs, many thoroughly edited in Page's hand. His original works include the historical work Japanese Poetry, as well as an intended magnum opus, entitled French Influences on English Literature, which was never published, but on which he had worked for nearly forty years according to his "Conclusion." Also included are multiple drafts of scores of poems written from 1896-1917, including several that were not published. The translations are of works by French dramatists and poets. Also present are his translations of the eight great works of Molière, material from both editions of Songs and Sonnets of Pierre de Ronsard, and works originally by Anatole France, Lord Michael of Montaigne, and Rabelais.

The Correspondence Series includes letters from throughout Page's literary career, his time as a student, and his tenure with both the military and the state legislature. Some of his correspondents include J.H. Wheelock, Henriette Hovey and Hariette Hovey, the wife and mother of Richard Hovey respectively, William Plumer Fowler, and Brander Matthews. Three handwritten letters addressed to Mrs. Page mark her only appearance in the collection.

The Personal Papers Series is predominantly Dr. Page's notes and works as a student, spanning three boxes. Also included is a newspaper sketch of Dr. Page, his military service record, extensive materials on the family genealogy, a bound scrapbook, and a handwritten copy of his "Will and Testament" from 1913.



Open for research. Part or all of this collection is housed off-site and may require up to three business days notice for access in the Ransom Center's Reading and Viewing Room. Please contact the Center before requesting this material:

Index Terms


Administrative Information


Purchase, 1963 (R1088)

Processed by:

Jonathan Reynolds, 2006, updated by Jack Boettcher, 2012


Dealer's description, House of El Dieff, Inc., 1962

Container List

Series I. Works 1896-1923

Subseries A. Originals by Page
Box Folder
1 1 A Book about Book Collecting, handwritten and typescript drafts
gf 1 "Edmond Rostand," essay, galley proofs
Box Folder
1 2-5 Essays, handwritten and typescript drafts
French Influences on English Literature
Box Folder
1 6 Handwritten notes
7-8 Handwritten draft
9-10 Typescript draft
2 Japanese Poetry (1923)
1 Handwritten draft
2 Typescript draft with revisions
osb 10 Page proofs
gf 2 Galley proofs
2 Poems, handwritten and typescript drafts
3 Various
4-5 CHP 'File no. 4'
Subseries B. Translated or Edited by Page
The Man Who Married a Dumb Wife (1915)
6 Working copy of play in French
7 Typescript draft
8 Sheet music, correspondence, and page proofs
gf 3 Galley proofs
3 Molière (1908)
1 "Preface," typescript draft
2 "Bibliography," two typescript drafts
3 "The Affected Misses," typescript
"Don Juan"
Box Folder
3 4 Typescript draft marked '2'
5 Typescript draft
Box Folder
3 6 Handwritten draft
7 Typescript draft marked 'copy 3'
8 Typescript draft
9 "The Misanthrope," handwritten draft
10 "Doctor by Compulsion," typescript draft
"The Miser"
Box Folder
3 11 Typescript draft marked '2'
12 Typescript draft marked '3'
gf 4 "Tradesman Turned Gentleman," galley proofs
"Learned Ladies"
Box Folder
4 1 Handwritten draft
2 Typescript draft with Page's corrections
3 Typescript draft with "Other's" corrections
4-6 Page proofs
Montaigne, the Essays (1907)
Box Folder
4 7 Page proofs
gf 5 Galley proofs
Rabelais (1905)
Box Folder
5 1 "Introduction," typescript draft
2 Page proofs
Songs and Sonnets of Pierre de Ronsard (1903/1924)
1903 edition
Box Folder
5 3-5 Handwritten notes
6 Typescript draft
7 Typescript draft with corrections
8 'Notes,' three typescript drafts
osb 10 Page proofs, two sets
1924 edition
Box Folder
5 9 "Preface," handwritten draft and three typescript drafts
osb 10 "Preface," page proofs
Page proofs
gf 6 Galley proofs

Series II. Correspondence 1891-1946

Subseries A. Outgoing
Box Folder
6 1 1904-1928, undated
Subseries B. Incoming
2 1891-1915
3 1916-1946
4 Undated
5 Withdrawals from other collections
6 To Mrs. Page
7 Third-party correspondence

Series III. Personal Papers, 1886-1942

Box Folder
7 1 Biographical and publishing notes
2 Military service records
3 Miscellaneous
4 Page family genealogy
5 Scrapbook 'E.B.S. 1900'
6 Loose clippings
7 Sketch of C.H. Page
8 Student notes and works
Box Folder
8 1-6 Student notes and works, continued
Box Folder
9 1-6 Student notes and works, continued
7 'Will and Testament,' handwritten, 1913
osb 10 Oversize materials

Bar Code List

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