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MS Am 1.67

Documents relating to Charles Sumner, 1828-1912: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1.67
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Documents relating to Charles Sumner,
Date(s): 1828-1912.
Quantity: 1 collection (.8 linear feet (2 boxes)
Language of materials: Chiefly in English, with some items in French, Italian, and Spanish.
Abstract: Letters and other documents relating to Charles Sumner, largely from Sumner's own archive of correspondence, but excluding original letters to and from him.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Gift of the family of Edward L. Pierce; received: 1897, with later additions from the same source.

Processing Information:

Processed by: J. F. Coakley.
Most of these documents were part of Charles Sumner's archive of correspondence, which in his lifetime filled 170 albums. At Harvard, these albums, which originally had call numbers MS Am 1 to MS Am 1.21, were disbound and the contents rearranged to create the collection MS Am 1 ("Charles Sumner correspondence"). The present collection consists of documents excluded from MS Am 1 as being not original letters to or from Sumner, and a few similar documents received later from the E. L. Pierce family.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Documents Relating to Charles Sumner, 1828-1912 (MS Am 1.67). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Separated Materials

See MS Am 1 for the main collection of Sumner's correspondence.
A small number of compositions of Sumner (not letters) have been removed to MS Am 1.60 (Miscellaneous compositions of Charles Sumner).

Biographical / Historical

Charles Sumner (1811-1874) was a Republican senator from Massachusetts and a principal figure in the anti-slavery movement.


Arranged in the following series: Items dated in square brackets are datable by their chronological place in the original albums.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of documents that Charles Sumner filed with his own correspondence, including memorabilia of his European trips, letters of introduction carried by him, letters from other Sumner family members and friends. Correspondents include: Charles Francis Adams, Louis Agassiz, Nathaniel Bowditch, Lord Brougham and Vaux, Salmon P. Chase, Gustave Paul Cluseret, Caleb Cushing, Richard Henry Dana, Edward Everett, C. C. Felton, J. C. Fremont, S. G. Howe, Reverdy Johnson, Theodore Parker, George Palmer Putnam, George Sand, and Joseph Story. Authors of compositions include George Earl of Carlisle and John Greenleaf Whittier.

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