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MS Am 2097

Dana family. Dana family financial records, 1757-1929: 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 2097
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Dana family.
Title: Dana family financial records,
Date(s): 1757-1929, (bulk) 1767-1811.
Quantity: 0.5 linear feet (1 boxes)
Abstract: Primarily invoices and receipts of Francis Dana, member of the Continental Congress and Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

91M-24. Manuscripts presented by Goodspeed's Book Shop; received: 1991 August 1.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Jackie Dean

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Dana Family Financial Records, 1757-1929 (MS Am 2097). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

The Dana family was prominent in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Francis Dana (1743-1811), son of Richard Dana, was a Massachusetts revolutionary leader, member of the Continental Congress, unofficial United States Minister to Russia, and Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court. Edmund Trowbridge was Francis Dana's brother in law. Francis Dana's son, Richard Henry Dana (1787-1879) was a literary scholar and edited the periodical, Idle Man. Richard Henry Dana, Jr. (1815-1882) was the United States Attorney for Massachusetts during the Civil War and author of Two years before the mast. Richard Henry Dana III, (1851-1931) was a lawyer and civil service reformer.


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Scope and Contents

The collection primarily contains invoices and receipts of Francis Dana and other Dana family members as well as invoices and receipts of Francis Dana's contemporaries including Israel Thorndike. There is correspondence of the Dana family members including letters from William Cullen Bryant to Richard Henry Dana as well as correspondence between Richard Henry Dana III and William Penn Cresson about the latter's biography, Francis Dana, a Puritan in the court of Catherine the Great. Finally, there is a small amount of correspondence and other materials received with the collection whose relationship to the Dana family is unclear.

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