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MS Am 1569.1

Clarke, James Freeman, 1810-1888. James Freeman Clarke additional papers, 1717-1889: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1569.1
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Clarke, James Freeman, 1810-1888.
Title: James Freeman Clarke additional papers,
Date(s): 1717-1889.
Quantity: 1 collection (5.5 linear feet (5 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Sermons, compositions, journals, and student papers of the Unitarian clergyman and author James Freeman Clarke. Also includes some family papers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

58M-223, 58M-224, and 58M-225. Deposited by James Freeman Clarke; gift, 1956-1967.

Processing Information:

Reprocessed by: Bonnie B. Salt, 2015
This collection was formerly split into 3 call-numbers (MS Am 1569.1; MS Am 1569.2; and MS Am 1569.3). These numbers were combined in 2015 into MS Am 1569.1.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

James Freeman Clarke Additional Papers, 1717-1889 (MS Am 1569.1). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

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Biographical / Historical

James Freeman Clarke was a Unitarian clergyman, author, and reformer closely associated with the New England Transcendentalists. He was the son of Samuel C. Clarke and Rebecca Parker Hull Clarke. James was essentially raised by his step-grandfather, James Freeman (1759-1835). He received an AB from Harvard College in 1829 and a degree from the Harvard Divinity School in 1833. He was minister in Louisville, Kentucky (1833-1840) and at the Church of the Disciples in Boston (1841-1850, 1854-1888). Clarke was editor of the Western Messenger (1836-1839). In 1839 he married Anna Huidekoper Clarke (1814-1897), the daughter of Harm Jan Huidekoper, businessman, lay theologian, and founder of Meadville Theological Seminary.


Arranged into the following series: [NOTE: During the 2015 recataloging, the order of materials was retained in roughly former call-number order].

Scope and Contents

Includes autograph manuscript sermons preached by James Freeman Clarke in Louisville and elsewhere, papers from his student days at Harvard College, poems, short stories, sketches of Europe and New England, journals, scrapbooks, a commonplace book, etchings of Clarke, and other material.
Family papers include: autograph manuscript sermons by his step-grandfather James Freeman; diaries of his daughter Lillian Freeman Clarke; a scrapbook of photographs of his daughter Cora Huidekoper Clarke; various family letters mounted in a scrapbook regarding family news and financial matters; a Timothy Fuller letter book; and other items.

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