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.
Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: MS Am 2525
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Collins, Lewis, 1797-1870, collector.
Title: Henry Perviance Peers papers for A complete gazetteer of the state of Kentucky,
Quantity: 1 collection (.3 linear feet (1 box)
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 ...
46M-306. Gift of Mrs. Henry Waller, 3031 S.E. Lambert St., Portland, 2, Oregon; received: 1947 March 1.
Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
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
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.
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.
Collection materials are in English.
- (1). Buildings : pencil sketches, undated. 1 folders
Includes one with title "Medical Hall," and one "?burg Springs."
- (2). Circuit & county courts in Kentucky : printed, undated. 1 folders
Printed text list A-Z, cut and pasted onto sheet.
Also with list with same title, possibly in autograph manuscript hand [or transcript?]
of A.S. Mitchell, Asst. Secretary of State of Kentucky; with note from Mitchell to Peers,
Date: 1845 August 19.
- (3). Eastman, Harrison, b. ca. 1823. Letter to Lewis Collins, New York, ca. 1842-1846, November 20. 1 folders
Including 4 proofs of prints by Eastman.
- (4). Kentucky : map proof, ca. 1842-1846. 1 folders
- (5). Peers, Henry Perviance, 1807-1846. [A complete gazetteer of the state of Kentucky] : autograph manuscript draft (signed), ca. 1846. 4 folders
Includes cover page: Plan of the gazetteer in which Peers lays out his three part plan for the book. There is a Postscript where he states: "should it please the providence of God to take me hence, before
the completion of the work; It is my desire and request that L. Collins Esqr. should
take the work in hand, have it revised, and finished and when ready for the press,
print it ..."
- (6). Peers, Henry Perviance, 1807-1846. A complete gazetteer of the state of Kentucky: containing a general view of the state,
a general view of each county, and a particular description of each city, town, and
village in the state; together with the boundaries, situation, agriculture and manufactures
of every county in the state. - Also- a brief description of all the rivers, principal
creeks, medicinal and salt springs, turnpike roads, canals, etc. to which is added
a most interesting account of the greatest natural curiosity in the world, the Great
Mammoth Cave of Kentucky / by H.P. Peers : printed title page proof, Maysville, Kentucky, 1844. 1 folders
With clippings from the Kentucky Yeoman concerning Mr. H.P. Peers and the title page for his new book about to be published.
- (7). Folder formerly housing this collection, undated. 1 folders
Includes a few annotations.