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MS Am 1518

Clapp, William Warland, 1826-1891. William Warland Clapp correspondence, 1790-1891: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1518
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Clapp, William Warland, 1826-1891.
Title: William Warland Clapp correspondence,
Date(s): 1790-1891, (bulk) 1840-1891.
Quantity: 1 collection (4.5 linear feet (11 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English, with some French.
Abstract: Letters to American journalist and author, William Warland Clapp Jr., from his friends, colleagues, and family. Also includes some other papers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

42M-2090. Bequest of Mrs. Mabel Delano Lord; received: 1942.

Conditions Governing Use:

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

William Warland Clapp Correspondence, 1790-1891 (MS Am 1518). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

Clapp materials can also be found under other call numbers at Houghton, see HOLLIS for full listing. For additional Clapp correspondence see: bMS Am 1772, bMS Am 1518.1, and bMS Am 1518.2.
Clapp papers related to William W. Clapp as president of the New England Associated Press and as editor and proprietor of the Boston Journal are housed in the Historical Collections, Baker Libray, Harvard Business School (Manuscripts Mss: 68 1874-1890.

Biographical / Historical

William Warland Clapp Jr. (1826-1891) was a journalist, publisher, and author. He was editor of the Boston Saturday Evening Gazette (1847-1865) and the Boston Journal (1865-1891). Clapp had a special interest in the theatre and in 1853 he published his articles that had formerly appeared in the Gazette as, A Record of the Boston Stage. In 1857 he wrote several plays: La fiaminna, John Gilbert and his daughter, A dramatic trifle, and My husband's mirror, a domestic comedietta. He was an officer in the militia, a Massachusetts state senator, and was married to Caroline Dennie Clapp.
His father, William Warland Clapp Sr. (1783-1866), was also a journalist and publisher (Clapp & Son's Press), involved with the Boston Saturday Evening Gazette, Hampshire Gazette, Boston Daily Advertiser, and many others. Clapp Jr.'s mother was Hannah Williams Lane Clapp.


Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent.

Scope and Contents

Primarily letters to William Warland Clapp Jr., but also some letters by him to others, to and from others, and a few letters from others to his father, William Warland Clapp Sr. Also includes compositions, clippings and other printed items, mixed within this one alphabetical series.
Content of letters includes all aspects of Clapp's life, personal, family, professional, and political. Especially concerns Massachusetts state politics and the Civil War. Extensive list of correspondents includes: James Gillespie Blaine, Samuel Bowles, James Freeman Clarke, Henry Laurens Dawes, Edward Everett, James Thomas Fields, John Murray Forbes, Edward Everett Hale, George Frisbie Hoar, Henry Cabot Lodge, Alexander Hamilton Rice, Benjamin Penhallow Shillaber, and many others.

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