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MS Am 2046

Coffin family. Coffin family papers: 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 2046
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Coffin family.
Title: Coffin family papers,
Date(s): 1793-1890.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Papers of the Coffin family of Newbury and Newburyport, Mass.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*86M-62. Gift of Mrs. Clifford V. Brokaw, Jr., in memory of Nannie Coffin Inman Brown; received: 1987.

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Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Coffin Family Papers (MS Am 2046). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

The Coffin family was based in Newbury and Newburyport, Mass. Charles Coffin (1741-1821) was a Harvard College graduate and physician in Newburyport, Mass. His son, Charles Coffin (1775-1853), also graduated from Harvard College. He became a Presbyterian minister and served as president of Greeneville College in Greeneville, Tenn. and as president of East Tennessee College, in Knoxville, Tenn.


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Scope and Contents

Family papers of the Coffin family especially those of: Charles Coffin (1741-1821), Charles Coffin (1775-1853), and James Ayer Coffin (1806- 1871). Includes correspondence, financial records, holograph manuscripts, genealogies, notebooks, photographs, and printed materials. There is a holograph manuscript by Charles Coffin (1775-1853), A poem on the comparative beauties of nature and art, presented at the Harvard College Commencement, 1793; orations presented at Knoxville College, Tennessee, by James Ayer Coffin (1806-1871), and Louis McKinney, Address delivered on the occasion of the presentation of a portrait of Charles Coffin to the University of Tennessee, 189-. Includes materials relating to: the Christian family, Cornelius Worcester Coffin, Daniel Little Coffin (1814-1854), Dorothy Farnham Coffin (1774-1855), Hugh Martin Coffin (1840-1861), Sir Isaac Coffin (1759-1839), Joseph Coffin (1702-1773), Margaret Martin Coffin (1813-1865), Simeon Coffin (1731-1786), Susanna Woodbridge Ayer Coffin, Julia Ayer Coffin Harle, Hugh Martin, Margaret McKinney Coffin McKinney (1818-1845), Mary Farnham McKinney (1824-1871), and the Russell family. The penciled annotations on these papers are possibly in the hand of Julia Ayer Coffin Harle.

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