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MS Am 2525

Collins, Lewis, 1797-1870, collector. Henry Perviance Peers papers for A complete gazetteer of the state of Kentucky, circa 1842-1846: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 2525
Creator: Collins, Lewis, 1797-1870, collector.
Title: Henry Perviance Peers papers for A complete gazetteer of the state of Kentucky,
Date(s): circa 1842-1846.
Quantity: .3 linear feet (1 box)
Note: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Papers, originally assembled by Henry Perviance Peers for the publication of his A complete gazetteer of the state of Kentucky, used by Lewis Collins to publish his 1847 Historical sketches of Kentucky ...

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Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Acquisition Information:

46M-306. Gift of Mrs. Henry Waller, 3031 S.E. Lambert St., Portland, 2, Oregon; received: 1947 March 1.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Lewis Collins Collection of Henry Perviance Peers Papers for A Complete Gazetteer of the State of Kentucky, circa 1842-1846 (MS Am 2525). Houghton Library, Harvard University

Historical Note

Henry Perviance Peers (1807-1846) of Maysville, Kentucky, was the younger brother of Benjamin O. Peers, president of Transylvania University. H.P. Peers attended Transylvania University, but did not graduate. He assembled materials for, and wrote a draft of, a planned publication A complete gazetteer of the state of Kentucky. Peers did not complete this work before he died in March of 1846. After his death, his brother-in-law, Lewis Collins (1797-1870, newspaper editor and judge of Mason County, Kentucky) used Peers' work as a basis for the county and town information for Collins' 1847 publication, Historical sketches of Kentucky. Collins' history was the first illustrated history of Kentucky and the most complete work to date.


Arranged in alphabetical order by author or title.

Scope and Content

Includes autograph manuscript drafts by Peers of his Gazetteer, print proofs by illustrator Harrison Eastman, a map of Kentucky ca. 1840s, sketches of buildings, clippings concerning the future publication of the book, a title page proof, a folder formerly housing these materials, and an autograph by Peers stating that he wanted Collins to publish this material after his death.

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