Widener Library

The Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library is the premier library of Harvard University. Harry Elkins Widener was a graduate of the class of 1907 at Harvard. He was a bibliophile whose collection included manuscripts and signed first editions of Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson and the first four folios of Shakespeare. He planned to donate his personal collection to Harvard University. But he (and his father & mother) were passengers on the maiden voyage of RMS Titanic when it struck the iceberg on April 14, 1912 (making today the ninety-ninth anniversary of the sinking). Both father and son perished. His mother survived and as a memorial to her son donated the funds for the Widener Library and its fantastic collections.

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