MS Am 1448

Barlow, Joel, 1754-1812. Joel Barlow papers, 1775-1935: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: MS, b, f
Call No.: MS Am 1448
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Barlow, Joel, 1754-1812.
Title: Joel Barlow papers,
Date(s): 1775-1935.
Quantity: 1 collection (3 linear feet (7 volumes and 6 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, diaries, and literary manuscripts of American poet and statesman Joel Barlow.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

56M-52. Part gift of and part purchased with the Amy Lowell fund from S. L. M. Barlow, New York, New York; received: 1956 October.

Processing Information:

Reformatted by: Bonnie B. Salt, 2015

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Joel Barlow Papers, 1775-1935 (MS Am 1448). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Barlow was an American poet and statesman. He served as American consul in Algiers and as Minister to France (1811-1812).


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Scope and Contents

Letter books, diaries, account book, notebooks, memoranda, literary manuscripts, and correspondence reflecting Barlow's diverse activities in literature, diplomacy, politics, and business. Includes papers relating to Barlow's mission to Algiers. Among the literary manuscripts are a preliminary sketch of the Vision of Columbus, and rough drafts and revisions of The Columbiad. Correspondence includes over 300 letters from Barlow to his wife, Ruth Baldwin Barlow, and letters to and from Robert Fulton and Noah Webster. Also included are clippings and notes concerning Barlow collected by Lemuel G. Olmstead and S. L. M. Barlow II.

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