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MS Am 2640

Damon family. Damon family papers, 1805-1912: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 2640
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Damon family.
Title: Damon family papers,
Date(s): 1805-1912.
Quantity: 1 collection (3 linear feet (7 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Papers of the Damon family of Arlington, Massachusetts, especially the papers of David Damon (1787-1843) and papers relating to his children.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

53M-196. Transferred from Widener Library, 1953.
93M-110. Donor unknown. Items (1) and (66).

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:

Damon Family Papers, 1805-1912 (MS Am 2640). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

Other Damon family and personal papers can be found at the Harvard Divinity School Library and the Massachusetts Historical Society. See also HOLLIS for additional holdings at Houghton Library.
Additional Benjamin Curtis Lincoln papers are held by the University of Michigan.

Biographical / Historical

David Damon (1787-1843) was a Unitarian clergyman. He was born in 1787 in Wayland, Massachusetts, son of Aaron Damon (1761-1828) and Rachel Griffin Damon (1761-1839). He graduated from the Harvard Divinity School in 1811 and married Rebecca Derby Damon (1787-1852) in 1815. He also helped found Cambridge's Harvard Lyceum, studied theology at the Andover Theological Seminary, and was pastor in Lunenburg, Massachusetts from 1815 to 1827. He was pastor of the West Cambridge Unitarian Church (now the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington) from 1835 to 1843. In 1841, he gave the Dudleian lecture at Harvard. His children with Rebecca Derby Damon were:
Samuel Griffin Damon (b 1821-) married Julia Fuller Damon (ca. 1825-1850) in 1849 and they had no children. He married Ella Gertrude Whitman Damon (b ca. 1825-) in 1867, and their children were:


Organized into the following series:

Scope and Contents

Collection primarily of papers concerning various members of the David Damon (1787-1843) line of the Damon family of Arlington, Massachusetts. Includes David Damon (1787-1843) papers: autograph manuscript diaries (1805-1838) and sermons; and a few 1809 letters to others.
Later materials mostly concern David Damon's son, Samuel Griffin Damon (1821-), Samuel's second wife Ella Gertrude Whitman Damon (b. ca. 1825-), and their children. Samuel Damon materials include: business records and correspondence for his company, Damon, Thomas & Lewis (seller of boots and shoes in Arlington); family correspondence with his wife and children, especially while he was conducting business in Omaha, Nebraska; papers and correspondence concerning the writing of the memoir of his father; and a few autograph manuscript sermons and essays. Ella G. W. Damon's papers include: autograph manuscript diaries (1892-1912), with some including lists of her household expenses; and a postcard collection gathered from all over the world. Also with school copybooks of their children, Helen and Vida.
Other papers include: printed pamphlets, leaflets, and ephemera collection by Damon family members; autograph manuscript sermons of Norwood Damon (b 1816-); and an 1861 diary belonging to Benjamin Curtis Lincoln (1840-1865). Lincoln was a bookkeeper in Boston and possibly left this diary behind when he enlisted in the Massachusetts Infantry in 1862 during the American Civil War.


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

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