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MS Am 2569

Wight, John B. (John Burt), 1790-1883. John Burt Wight papers, 1808-1858: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Am 2569
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Wight, John B. (John Burt), 1790-1883.
Title: John Burt Wight papers,
Date(s): 1808-1858.
Quantity: 1 collection (.3 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Compositions, mostly sermons, of Massachusetts minister, John Burt Wight, and transcript of a journal of his father, Henry Wight.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

56M-200. Transferred from the Harvard Law School Library; received: 1957 June.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

John Burt Wight Papers, 1808-1858 (MS Am 2569). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Henry Wight (1752-1837) was a minister and the father of John Burt Wight. His journal records that he was born in Medfield, Massashusetts on May 26, 1752 and was married to Alice Burrington of Trenton, Rhode Island on June 21, 1789. Henry Wight died in Bristol, Rhode Island in 1837.
John Burt Wight was a clergyman, the pastor of the First Parish Church of East Sudbury, and was also Wayland's representative to the General Court of Massachusetts. The son of Henry Wight and Alice Burrington Wight, he was born on May 7, 1790 in Bristol, Rhode Island and died on December 20, 1883. He married Sarah Grout Wight on January 1, 1818.
In 1815, John Burt Wight developed a collection of 300 moral and religious books known as the "East Sudbury Charitable Library". This collection was one of the early libraries that formed the original collection of the Wayland Free Public Library when it was established in 1850. In 1851, Wight, then a Representative in the General Court, introduced a bill which resulted in the Library Act of 1851 making it legal to raise and spend public funds in order to "establish and maintain libraries for the use of the inhabitants thereof."


Arranged alphabetically by author, then by title.

Scope and Contents

Primarily autograph manuscript sermons of John Burt Wight, including dates and places where each sermon was delivered. Also includes a manuscript "exercise" he wrote while at college in 1808, and a speech delivered for July 4th. Also includes a manuscript transcript by J.B. Wight of his father, Henry Wight's (1752-1837) journal.


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