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MS Am 1169

Garrison family. Garrison family correspondence, 1857-1919: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1169
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Garrison family.
Title: Garrison family correspondence
Date(s): 1857-1919
Quantity: .5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence of members of the Garrison family including The Nation editor Wendell Phillips Garrison and his brother Francis Jackson Garrison.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

49M-166 (items 1-135), 49M-188 (items 135-144). Gift of Mrs. Alan Valentine, President's House 22 Berkeley Street Rochester 3, N.Y.; received: 1950 April 3 and 1950 May 2.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Garrison Family Correspondence, 1857-1919 (MS Am 1169). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Wendell Phillips Garrison (1840-1907) was editor of The Nation. Francis Jackson Garrison (1848-1916) was associated with Riverside Press and Houghton Mifflin Company.


Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence between various members of the Garrison family discussing topic such as religion, politics, real estate in Boston, the evils of liquor, and family matters such as weddings and funerals. Correspondence of Wendell Phillips Garrison also discusses issues with writers for The Nation, problems with the publication, and retirement from The Nation. Other letters discuss in detail the newspaper Journal of the Times, which William Lloyd Garrison started in Vermont to oppose slavery. Also discussed is the Massachusetts Historical Society, an editorial in the Springfield Republican, and a member of the Garrison family undergoing stomach surgery and subsequently dying. Collection also contains newspaper clippings on the Garrison family, obituaries, sketches, and poems written by various members of the family.

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