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MS Am 2365

Villard family. Villard family papers, circa 1770-1880: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 2365
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Villard family.
Title: Villard family papers,
Date(s): 1770-1880.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence and documents of the German-born Henry Villard family.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

52M-228C. Bequest of Oswald Garrison Villard; received: 1949 .

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Villard Family Papers, circa 1770-1880 (MS Am 2365). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Henry Villard was a German-born American journalist, financier and railway promoter. His grandfather, Franz Moritz Joseph Pfeiffer (1772-1847), was the second youngest son of Johann Michael Pfeiffer (1730-180?) and Maria Magdalena (König) Pfeiffer. Henry Villard's brothers were: Heinrich Anton Alois Pfeiffer (1767-18??), Lothar Ferdinand Datheus Pfeiffer (1769-1844), Bartholomäus Joseph Christian Pfeiffer (1777-1793); and his sisters were Anna Maria Antonia Pfeiffer (1764-1772), and Elisabeth Josepha Pfeiffer (born and died in 1771).
Franz Pfeiffer's wife was Marie Anna (daughter of Heinrich Berchtoldt and Katharina Koch) and they had two children: Anna Marie ("Nannchen") (1809-18??), and Elisabeth Katharine Antonia ("Lisette") (1811-1859). Elisabeth Berchtoldt married Gustav Leonhard Hilgard and they were the parents of Henry Villard.


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Scope and Contents

Correspondence and documents in English, French and German of the Henry Villard family, in particular those of his grandfather Franz Moritz Joseph Pfeiffer, and his father Gustav Leonhard Hilgard. Documents include birth, death and military certificates, passports, and wills.

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