Currier, Thomas Franklin A Bibliography of Oliver Wendell Holmes edited by
Eleanor M. Tilton,
New York, New York University Press, 1953.
Published under the auspices of the Bibliographic Society of America. Comprehensive and
detailed bibliography based on Harvard and Holmes collections, records of OWH's publisher
(Houghton Mifflin and Company/Riverside Press), as well as holdings of the Boston Medical
Morse, John T., Jr. Life and Letters of Oliver Wendell Holmes (2 vols),
Boston, Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1896
Background, autobiographic material, and a very serviceable index.
Ticknor, Caroline (ed.) Dr. Holmes's Boston,
Boston, Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1915
Dr. Holmes' own descriptions of Boston as he know it, assembled, edited, illustrated and
Ball, Donald Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)
in The Practitioner
214:282-288 (February 1975).
Bowen, Catherine Drinker Yankee from Olympus: Justice Holmes and his Family,
Boston, Little, Brown and Company, 1944.
A popular book by a well-known author. Provides a very readable account of the Holmes
through the 1800's well into the 1900's. Good table of contents and index, chapter notes and
a section on sources.
Dickson, David L. The Legacy of Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes,
in J. Amer. Med.
Assn. 208:97-101 (April 7, 1969).
Green, Robert M. Oliver Wendell Holmes: Anatomist, Autocrat, Poet,
England J. of Medicine 215:493-496 (September 10, 1936)
Halpert, Brenda The Legendary Dr. Holmes,
in Massachusetts Physician
(March 1978) pp. 12-15.
Howe, M. A. DeWolfe Holmes of the Breakfast-Table,
London, Oxford University
A smaller book with unusually good illlustrations and an excellent index. Howe had seen and
heard Dr. Holmes in the late 1880's, and met him again later.
Hoyt, Edwin P. The Improper Bostonian: Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes,
William Morrow and Company, 1979.
Illustrated lively account which includes numerous anecdotes, a chapter of notes, and a good
Tilton, Eleanor M. Amiable Autocrat: A Biography of Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes,
New York, Henry Schuman, 1947.
Another extremely readable volume. Copious notes and index.
Weissmann, Gerald Round & About: Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes,
(July/August 1991) pp. 40-43.
Farlow, John M. The History of the Boston Medical Library,
Massachusetts, Printed by the Plimpton Press, 1918.
A carefully written and nicely illustrated book which includes many details of the period of
Dr. Holmes' association with the Library.
Garland, Joseph E. The Centennial History of the Boston Medical Library,
The Boston Medical Library, 1975.
Provides additional perspective concerning Dr. Holmes and his activities. Illustrated, with
excellent notes and index.
The Reverend Abiel Holmes (1763-1837)
American Annals, or, a Chronological History of America [1492-1806](1805)
The Counsel of Washington (1800)
An Historical Sketch of the English Translations
of the Bible (1815)
The History of Cambridge (1801)
The Life of Ezra Stiles [President of Yale University] (1798)
A Memoir of the French Protestants (1826)
A Note on an Ancient Manuscript [Part of Governor Winthrop's Journal] (1816)
A Sermon, on the Freedom and Happiness of America (1795)
First Church (Cambridge) An Account of the Controversy in the First Parish Church in
Cambridge 1827-29 [Rev. Holmes was Pastor], Boston, T.R. Marvin, 1829.
Jenks, William Memoir of the Rev. Abiel Holmes, D.D., LL.D., & C., 1838.
Tappan, David Sermons on Important Subjects, Boston, Hilliard and Lincoln &
The Claims of Dentistry [address at Harvard Dental Department Commencement] (1872)
Complete Poetical Works (1908)
The Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever (1843)
Dedication of the New Building and Hall of the Boston Medical Library [address] (1878)
Elsie Venner: A Romance of Destiny (1891)
Homeopathy and its Kindred Delusions [lectures] (1842)
Medical Essays 1842-1882 (1889)
The New Century and the New Building of the Harvard Medical School [address] (1878)
Our Hundred Days in Europe (1887)
Over the Teacups (1891)
Pages from an Odd Volume of Life [essays] (1883)
The Poet at the Breakfast-Table (1884)
The Position and Prospects of the Medical Student (1844)
Principles of the Theory and Practice of
Medicine (Marshall Hall) 1st Amer.Ed. (1839)
The Professor at the Breakfast-Table (1883)
The Psychiatric Novels of Oliver Wendell Holmes (1943)
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1885)
Soundings from the Atlantic (1864)
The Stereoscope and Stereoscopic Photographs (c1898)
Wit & Humour; poems (1867)
The Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes (c1892-1896)
"Dedication of the New Hall of the Boston University School of Law Collected Legal
Papers (1920)" (address).
Commentaries on American Law (James Kent, 12th ed) (1873)
Common Carriers and the Common Law (1879)
The Common Law (1881)
Law in Science and Science in Law [paper read] (1899)
The Mind and Faith of Justice Holmes: [speeches, essays, letters, opinions] (1943)
Touched with Fir; Civil War Letters and Diary of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr (1861-1864) (1946)
Novick, Sheldon M. (ed.) Collected Works of Justice Holmes: Complete Public Writing and
Selected Judicial Opinions of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Chicago, University of Chicago
Press 1995- [5 vols].
Bowen, Catherine Drinker Yankee from Olympus: Justice Holmes and His Family,Boston;
Little, Brown and Company, 1944.
Marke, Julius J. (ed.) The Holmes Reader; the life writings, speeches,...decisions, etc.
Dobbs Ferry, NY, Oceana Publications, 1955.
Novick, Sheldon M. Honorable Justice: The Life of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Boston;
Little, Brown and Company, 1989.
Prepared by Dr. Adam G. N. Moore (30 May 98) email@example.com