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MS Am 2634

Parker, Joel, 1795-1875. Joel Parker business records and estate papers, 1840-1925: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Am 2634
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Parker, Joel, 1795-1875.
Title: Joel Parker business records and estate papers,
Date(s): 1840-1925.
Quantity: 1 collection (1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Business records and estate papers of American jurist and Harvard Law School professor, Joel Parker.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Bequest of Parker Potter; received 1938 July 29.
Formerly Widener Treasure Room collection 559*.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
Part of the MS Storage project, 2008-2009.

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:

Joel Parker Business Records and Estate Papers, 1840-1925 (MS Am 2634). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

Papers of Joel Parker can also be found at the Harvard University Archives, the Special Collections of the Harvard Law School Library, Dartmouth College Library, and the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Biographical / Historical

Joel Parker (1795-1875) was a jurist and the Royall Professor of Law at Harvard Law School from 1848-1868. His brothers were Edmund, Asa, and Isaac Parker. He married Mary Morse (Parker) Parker (1817-1884) in 1848 and they had three children.


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Scope and Contents

Primarily consists of business records of land and stock holdings of Joel Parker, and those of other members of the Parker family. Extensive land holdings and land transactions are recorded in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, New Hampshire, and Kansas. Businesses include the Chesterfield Land and Improvement Company, the Sullivan Railroad Company, the Dover Company, the Colorado Mining Exchange Building Company, and others. Records include receipts, deeds, stock certificates, financial records, and correspondence. There are extensive copies of letters and documents concerning the settling of Joel Parkers' estate, by his executors, Horatio G. Parker and Francis J. Parker.
Also included are a small group of papers documenting the Harvard College years of Benjamin Pierce Cheney, Jr. (A.B. 1890). B. P. Cheney Jr. was the son of Benjamin Pierce Cheney (1815-1895), the founder of the firm that eventually became American Express. A few letters concern Cheney's college years, but most of this group consists of printed forms with manuscript additions. Includes grade reports and comments about his poor academic performance each year. It is not known why these papers are among Joel Parker's papers.


This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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