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MS Am 1898

Sanborn, F. B. (Franklin Benjamin), 1831-1917. F. B. Sanborn and William Ellery Channing papers: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1898
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Sanborn, F. B. (Franklin Benjamin), 1831-1917.
Title: F. B. Sanborn and William Ellery Channing papers,
Date(s): 1834-1917.
Quantity: 1 collection (3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters to the American writer and philanthropist F.B. Sanborn, as well as compositions by him. Also contains correspondence and compositions of the American writer William Ellery Channing.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*74M-10. Purchased with the H. S. Howe fund and the P. D. Howe fund; received: 1974.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

F. B. Sanborn and William Ellery Channing Papers (MS Am 1898). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Sanborn was an author, journalist, and philanthropist of Concord, Mass. He was an ardent abolitionist and champion of reforms in charity work, prisons, and insane asylums. William Ellery Channing (1817-1901) was a poet and the first biographer of Henry David Thoreau. In his will, Channing left his papers to Sanborn.


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Scope and Contents

Contains letters to Sanborn from various correspondents. Letters from William Ellery Channing concern Channing's biography of Henry Thoreau and letters from Thomas Wentworth Higginson concern raising funds for the aid of fugitive slaves in Kansas. Additionally, there are letters from Sanborn to various family members as well as poems and other compositions by Sanborn.

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