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MS Am 1569

Clarke, James Freeman, 1810-1888. James Freeman Clarke correspondence, 1845-1872: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1569
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Clarke, James Freeman, 1810-1888.
Title: James Freeman Clarke correspondence,
Date(s): 1845-1872.
Quantity: 1 collection (10 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters written to Unitarian clergyman, author and reformer James Freeman Clarke and his family.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

58M-222. Deposited by James Freeman Clark, Boston, Massachusetts; received: 1946, gift: 1956-1967.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

James Freeman Clarke Correspondence, 1845-1872 (MS Am 1569). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Clarke was a Unitarian clergyman, author, and reformer closely associated with the Transcendentalists. He was minister in Louisville, Ky. (1833-1840) and at the Church of the Disciples in Boston (1841-1850, 1854-1888). Clarke was editor of the Western Messenger (1836-1839). He was married in 1839 to Anna Huidekoper, daughter of Harm Jan Huidekoper, businessman, lay theologian, and founder of Meadville Theological Seminary.


Organized into the following series: Please note that item number 353 was inadvertently omitted from this finding aid.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence between James Freeman Clarke and his family members and others. Correspondents include Abraham F. Clarke, Anna Clarke, Sarah Freeman Clarke, William Hull Clarke, William Henry Channing, Ralph Waldo Emerson, James Thomas Fields, Annie (Adams) Fields, Edward Everett Hale, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, and John B. Willard.

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