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MS Am 1704.10

North American Review. North American Review papers, 1831-1843: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1704.10
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: North American Review.
Title: North American Review papers,
Date(s): 1831-1843.
Quantity: 1 collection (7 linear feet (20 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: These papers are primarily manuscripts of, and materials relating to, articles published in the magzine North American Review during the editorship of John Gorham Palfrey.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

These papers were formerly part of the Palfrey Family Papers, gift of Dr. and Mrs. James B. Ayer; received: 1941.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

North American Review Papers, 1831-1843 (MS Am 1704.10). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

The North American Review was founded in Boston, Mass. in 1815. Early editors included Jared Sparks, Edward Everett, and Alexander Hill Everett. In 1835 John Gorham Palfrey purchased the magazine and served as its editor until December 1842 when he sold his controlling interest to Francis Bowen.


Arranged into the following series: Manuscripts of articles are arranged by date of appearance in the journal.

Scope and Contents

The manuscripts described in the following catalogue form a part of the papers of the Palfrey family, given to this library in 1941 by Dr and Mrs. James B. Ayer. They consist mainly of articles published in the North American Review between 1836 and 1843, the years of John Gorham Palfrey's editorship, and they are listed in the order in which they appear in that publication. As all of these articles were published anonymously and almost all of the manuscripts are unsigned, there was a problem in establishing authorship. The main articles are in most cases correctly attributed in William Cushing's "Index to the North American Review," vols. 1-125. Unfortunately, Cushing had no information as to the authorship of the "Critical Notices." Many of these are attributed in the MS. index, MS Am 540 of this library, which was based partially on annotated copies of the N.A.R. belonging to the printer Charles Folsom. Almost all of the remaining items were able to be identified on the basis of handwriting, so that only 31 published items remain unidentified, and more than half of these are the "Quarterly Lists of New Publications," written in the same unidentified hand. Any additional identifications which future readers of these manuscripts can supply will be most welcome.

Container List

Index of Authors of manuscripts submitted to the North American Review