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MS Am 2201

Ward, Samuel, 1814-1884. Samuel Ward papers, ca. 1814-1936: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 2201
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Ward, Samuel, 1814-1884.
Title: Samuel Ward papers,
Date(s): 1814-1936.
Quantity: 1 collection (3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Papers of the American lobbyist and author Samuel Ward.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

51M-300. Gift of Miss Rosalind Richards, Gardiner, Maine; received: 1951.

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Samuel Ward Papers, ca. 1814-1936 (MS Am 2201). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Ward, an American lobbyist, financier, author, and adventurer, was well known in social and political circles in both the U.S. and Europe. Maud Howe Elliott was his niece, and the daughter of reformer Julia Ward Howe.


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Scope and Contents

Letters from Samuel Ward to Elliot mostly concern his life in Washington D.C., and family news. Collection also contains Ward's diary from 1834 in Paris, a poem by Ernest Rhys entitled "To M.H.E.," a poem by William Thayer entitled "To Mrs. Julia Ward Howe," a drawing of Medora Ward, parts of literary manuscripts and lectures by Ward, clippings, and magazines containing research material Elliott used. Much of the correspondence is with Maud Howe Elliott, and concerns her research on her uncle Samuel Ward; his work, Diary of a Public Man; her family history; complements on her book, Uncle Sam Ward and his Circle; and also from publishing companies giving her permission to reprint material, a letter and poem from the Atlantic Monthly, and part of the California Historical Society Quarterly about the McAllisters.

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