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MS Am 1907-1907.1

Wendell family. Wendell family papers, circa 1620-1921: 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 1907-1907.1
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Wendell family.
Title: Wendell family papers,
Date(s): 1620-1921.
Quantity: 1 collection (46 linear feet (92 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, business papers, and compositions by members of the Wendell family, a prominent merchant family from Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

73M-91. Deposited by William Greenough Wendell, Jacob Wendell House, 222 Pleasant Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire; received: 1942 August. Placed on permanent deposit by Francis A. Wendell, Appleton, Rice & Perrin, 63 Wall St., New York, New York 10005; received 1972 October 6; Gift, J. J. Higginson, 1989 October 24.

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Wendell Family Papers, circa 1620-1921 (MS Am 1907-1907.1). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Barrett Wendell was a literary critic and professor of English at Harvard. His great-grandfather John Wendell (1731-1808) of Portsmouth, N.H. was engaged in land development in New Hampshire. His grandfather Jacob Wendell (1788-1865) was involved in shipping and manufacturing ventures.


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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, journals, diaries, writings, and other papers of Barrett Wendell and his wife Edith Greenough Wendell, together with papers of other members of the Wendell family. Includes correspondence, writings, legal and business papers of John Wendell; diaries and some correspondence of Jacob Wendell; correspondence of Caroline Quincy Wendell; and letters to Daniel Rindge and other Rindge family papers. There are several volumes of journals of Barrett Wendell, including accounts of travel in Europe; and a long run of diaries, 1881-1938 (1905 lacking), of Edith Greenough Wendell. Also included are business papers of Barrett Wendell, material related to his courses at Harvard, genealogical notes, photographs, and printed ephemera. Barrett Wendell's correspondents include William R. Castle, Horace Meyer Kallen, Henry Cabot Lodge, John A. Lomax, Abbott Lawrence Lowell, Percival Lowell, Frederic J. Simson, and Robert Thomas White-Thomson.
Also contains manuscripts thought to be written by others, including "The Battle of Lexington" and "Liberty further extended..." both by Lemuel Haynes.

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