MS Am 589

Bourne family. Bourne family Massachusetts military papers: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 589
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Bourne family.
Title: Bourne family Massachusetts military papers,
Date(s): 1744-1764.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Military papers relating to the Bourn family of Massachusetts concerning colonial expeditions to capture Canada.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Gift of Judge Joseph M. Day, Barnstable, Mass.; received: 1896 Apr. 29.
Note in original bound volume: "These papers were found among the Bourne Mss. A gift of Judge Day of Barnstable, to Harvard College Library, 1896."

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
Papers were originally received in bound format. Upon recataloging in 2004, items were found loose inside volume covers and were removed and rehoused.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Bourne Family Massachusetts Military Papers (MS Am 589). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Papers primarily concern members of the Bourne family (Bourn) of Massachusetts and their military associates including:
During the fall and winter of 1744-1745, Governor William Shirley, of colonial Massachusetts, campaigned to convince New Englanders that an attack on the fortress of Louisbourg in Nova Scotia was practical. On February 5, 1745, the Massachusetts House of Representatives approved a plan to move against French-held Louisbourg in conjunction with the other British colonies. The colonies quickly raised a land force, Massachusetts being in the lead with seven regiments. William Pepperrell became the expedition's commander. In April of 1745 the troops embarked for Nova Scotia and by May had laid seige to the fortress, which surrendered on June 17.
These papers document various other colonial Massachusetts military expeditions to Canada continuing until 1760 when the French surrendered Montreal to the British, thus ending the French and Indian Wars in North America.


Arranged in chronological order.

Scope and Contents

Includes military orders, commissions, muster rolls, letters, financial records, and other military documents.

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