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MS Am 2325

Mayer, Henry Christian, 1821-1846. Henry Christian Mayer letters to his family: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 2325
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Mayer, Henry Christian, 1821-1846.
Title: Henry Christian Mayer letters to his family,
Date(s): 1837-1846.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 folder in 1 box (.1 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters from Harvard College student, and later farmer and country lawyer, Henry Christian Mayer to his family. Also includes some additional letters.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*94M-59. Gift of Henry Copley Greene, Cambridge, Mass.; received: 1941 Jan. 5.
*41-2435F. Transferred from Houghton Printed Books Department.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Processing Information:

These letters were first cataloged in the Houghton Department of Printed Books. In August of 2003, they were recataloged and the item numbers were changed.
Shelved in box with bMS Am 2324 and bMS Am 2326.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Henry Christian Mayer Letters to his Family (MS Am 2325). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

The main correspondent in this series of letters is Henry Christian Mayer (1821 Jan. 10 - 1846 Mar. 1), the son of Baltimore residents, Charles F. (Charles Frederick) Mayer (1795-1864) and Susan Theresa Pratt Mayer. Henry Mayer was a farmer and country lawyer in Westfield, Chautauqua County, New York. He previously attended Harvard College, though he did not graduate. He married Mary Louisa McCulloh Mayer (b1821-), whose father was James W. (James William) McCulloh (1789-1861), brother - James William McCulloh, Jr. (b.1827-), and her sister - Isabella Williamson McCulloh Greene (1825-1870).


Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

The letters concern Henry Christian Mayer's days at Harvard College from May of 1837 to Nov. 1837, his later travels to and residence in New York, and his illnesses. There is mention of his involvement in the disruptions at Harvard College during his years of attendance and also a letter from one of his school mates, George Williams, Jr., concerning a bombing at Harvard in 1838.

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