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MS Sparks 49.1-49.3

Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866, collector. Jared Sparks collection of documents concerning the American Revolution: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Sparks 49.1-49.3
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866, collector.
Title: Jared Sparks collection of documents concerning the American Revolution,
Date(s): 1740-1866.
Quantity: 1 collection (2.5 linear feet (5 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English, French, and Spanish.
Abstract: Documents copied or collected by American historian and president of Harvard Jared Sparks.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Gift of estate of Jared Sparks; received: 1939.

Processing Information:

These papers were bound in three volumes by Jared Sparks. They were removed from their bindings in 1960 and placed in five boxes. Their original order was retained. Similar and related MSS. from Sparks 132 were added at the end of the series.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Jared Sparks Collection of Documents Concerning the American Revolution (MS Sparks 49.1-49.3). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Sparks was an American historian and editor. He was president of Harvard (1849-1853).


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Scope and Contents

Documents copied or collected by Jared Sparks in the course of his editorial and historical work; the focus of the collection is the American Revolution. Includes letters and documents of John Armstrong, Benedict Arnold, William Ellery, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Lincoln, and Joseph Reed, among others. Also includes letters addressed to George Washington from various correspondents.

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