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Mss:72 1768-1896 H

Hill, Benjamin Thomas. Benjamin Thomas Hill Transportation Collection, 1768-1927: A Finding Aid

Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University


Harvard Business School, Boston MA 02163.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Mss:72 1768-1896 H
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: Benjamin Thomas Hill transportation collection
Date(s): 1768-1927
Quantity: 13 linear feet (3 boxes, 12 cartons)
Language of materials: English

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Gift of Friends of Benjamin Hill, May 1928. Additional materials added, November 1928.

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research. Materials stored offsite; access requires advance notice. Contact specialcollectionsref@hbs.edu for more information.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: Benjamin Thomas Hill Transportation Collection. Baker Library, Harvard Business School.

Biographical / Historical

Benjamin Thomas Hill (1863-1927) of Worcester, Massachusetts was a lawyer and local historian and author. He graduated from Harvard College in 1886 and Harvard Law School in 1889. A paper he composed, "The Beginnings of the Boston and Worcester Railroad Company," was published in the Proceedings of the Worcester Society of Antiquity, v.17, no.12, 1902, and features clippings and images from this collection. Hill compiled similar collections on other topics that are held by the Library of Congress, Massachusetts Historical Society, and the American Antiquarian Society.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of newspaper and magazine clippings about transportation topics in the United States from the 18th to the early 20th Centuries. A small number of entries are from England, France, and elsewhere on the Continent, although shipping information relates to many countries and regions. The bulk of items are dated from 1824 to 1829. Subjects range from infrastructure to services, and also address political and business topics related to the development of transportation networks.
Most of the materials were arranged chronologically and mounted (some bound) into volumes. A portion of the clippings and articles are arranged topically. Sources for nearly every clipping and article are identified. Engravings, maps, ephemera, and manuscripts artfully illustrate the volumes. The images are identified by subject, but not necessarily by source.

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