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MS Am 1845-1845.9

Hay, John, 1838-1905. Papers of John Hay and Abraham Lincoln: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: f
Call No.: MS Am 1845-1845.9
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Hay, John, 1838-1905.
Title: Papers of John Hay and Abraham Lincoln,
Date(s): 1840-1911.
Quantity: 1 collection (10 volumes (.33 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Speeches and legal briefs of the American president Abraham Lincoln, and compositions by his assistant secretary John Hay.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*69M-11, *69M-17. Bequest of Clarence Leonard Hay; received: 1969 July; 1970 Jan.
Formerly accessioned as *44-674,*44M-263,*44M-262.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Conditions Governing Use:

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Papers of John Hay and Abraham Lincoln (MS Am 1845-1845.9). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

John Hay was an American author and statesman. He was assistant secretary to Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War and secretary of state under William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt.


Arranged in call number order.

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of papers of John Hay and papers of Abraham Lincoln collected by Hay. Includes autograph manuscript of Hay's novel The bread-winners, the 1911 edition with manuscript revisions, and a reader's report in French for the publisher Hachette. Includes portions of the manuscript biography in Hay's hand of his joint work with John G. Nicolay, Abraham Lincoln: A History. Autograph manuscripts in Lincoln's hand include a Thanksgiving proclamation (1863); speech on the abolition of slavery in Maryland (1864); letters to B. F. James; two briefs relating to legal cases (1840-1842); and a facsimile copy of the Emancipation Proclamation with manuscript additions. Includes a copy of a letter (1865) from Mary Todd Lincoln to Queen Victoria concerning the death of Lincoln. Also contains a typescript letter with manuscript revisions from Theodore Roosevelt to John Hay recounting his western trip in the summer of 1903.

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