MS Am 2644
Curson-Marquand family papers, 1683-1943: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Am 2644
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Curson-Marquand family papers,
Quantity: 1 collection (2.5 linear feet (5 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Family papers of the Curson and Marquand families related to the American writer,
John Phillips Marquand. Also with Campbell family papers and other items.
60M-227. Gift of John Phillips Marquand; received: 1960 January 1.
Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
Part of the MS Storage project, 2008-2009. Reprocessed for CNA digitization project,
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Curson-Marquand Family Papers, 1683-1943 (MS Am 2644). Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Family papers of the Curson family [sometimes spelled Curzon family] and the Marquand family, ancestors of the American writer, John Phillips Marquand (1893-1960). Marquand was
born in Wilmington, Delaware on November 10, 1893, to Philip Marquand, a civil engineer,
and Margaret Fuller Marquand. He lived in Rye, New York, until 1907 when his father
lost his money in the panic of 1907 and took a job in Panama. John was sent to Newburyport,
Massachusetts to live with his two unmarried Marquand aunts at the family homestead
at Curzon Mill. He graduated from Harvard College with an AB in 1915. Between 1915
and 1921 he was assistant magazine editor of the Boston Transcript, worked at the New York Tribune, and was an advertising copywriter. In 1922 he published The unspeakable gentleman. He contributed numerous short stories to many popular magazines of the day, most notably
The Saturday evening post, Cosmopolitan, Collier's, and Good housekeeping. Many of his novels were also serialized in these magazines. He is especially known
for creating Mr. Moto spy series and for winning the Pulitzer Prize for The late George Apley in 1938.
Family members represented in this collection include: John Phillips Marquand (grandfather),
Margaret Searle Curson Marquand (grandmother), Philip Marquand (father), Margaret
Fuller Marquand (mother), Mary Russell Curson, Samuel Curson, Elizabeth Marquand,
George Searle, Mary Russell Atkins Searle, and others.
Arranged into the following series:
- I. Correspondence
- II. Diaries, journals, and compositions
- III. Other papers
Includes family correspondence, diaries, genealogical materials, deeds (especially
one of 1683? for Kents Island, Massachusetts), wills, a sketchbook, a draft of a novel
by Samuel Curson and his travel journal from Peru, papers of Thomas Wentworth Higginson
as a suitor of Margaret "Margie" Curson, topics relating to Curzon Mill, Massachusetts,
and other materials.
Some items appear to have been saved by or given to the family that have no obvious
connection to them: one 1714 letter from William Brattle, a letter from Rudyard Kipling
to Harvard professor Charles Eliot Norton, and papers concerning Alexander Campbell
and his family at Duntroon Castle, Scotland given to JPM by Elizabeth Gaskill Norton.
This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions
below for additional information.
- Series: II. Diaries, journals, and compositions
- (32). Curson, Mary Russell, 1825-. Diary (signed) : autograph manuscript, 1860 January - 1863 May. 1 volume in 1 folder.
Date: 1860 January -
Date: 1863 May.
- (33). Curson, Mary Russell, 1825-. Diaries (signed) : printed volumes with autograph manuscript entries; Newburyport, 1893, 1898, and 1902. 3 volumes in 3 folders.
- (35). Curson, Samuel, 1781-1847. Diary : autograph manuscript, 1824-1829. 2 folders
Includes loose items, including an unidentified photograph of a woman with three children.
- (37). Cursoni, Gentiana. Copies of drawings of flowers by Professor de la Gasca : autograph manuscript, undated. 1 folders
Gasca drawings made at Madrid.
- (38). Marquand, Elizabeth. Diary (signed) : autograph manuscript, 1889-1893. 1 volume in 1 folder.
Also known as "Bessie."
Also includes text, Marquandiana with note: "a truthful account of the Marquand family, their sorrows, pleasures and
petty annoyances....1891; Cornish, N.H. Homestead of H.O. Walker..." Also includes
- (39). Marquand, Elizabeth. Notes made regarding the "French claims" : autograph manuscript and other formats.
Extensive notes concerning the family genealogy. Also with correspondence and a contract (
Date: 1879-1910) concerning these claims.
- (40). Marquand, John Phillips, 1893-1960. Abolish the first hole : typescript with manuscript revisions, undated. 1 folders
- (41). Marquand, Margaret Fuller. Diary : autograph manuscript, 1896. 2 folders
1 bound volume. With enclosed unidentified negative of a woman holding a baby.
- (42). Marquand, Margaret Fuller. Wedding presents : autograph manuscript journal, 1892 March 30. 1 volume in 1 folder.
List of names of persons and gifts given to bride and groom. Also includes a clipping describing wedding of MFM to Philip Marquand.
- (43). Searle, Mary, 1790-1807. Diary : autograph manuscript, 1806-1807. 1 volume in 1 folder.
Daughter of Mary Russell Atkins Searle (1753-1829).
- (44). Searle, Mary Russell Atkins, 1753-1829. Diary : autograph manuscript; Newburyport, 1764. 1 volume in 1 folder.
Mary Searle was Mrs. George Searle (1752-1796). Diary was kept before her marriage
- (45). [Unidentified artists] : sketchbook, 1809-1810, 1860. 2 folders
1 volume and loose material. Portraits of various individuals and homes, appear to
be European with identification on verso. One of "Aunt Lydia."
Possibly sketched by two variant hands?
Arrived in repository with note: "Sketches of a friend of Samuel Curzon."
Many portraits are loose. Also with loose materials including: clipping of obituary of Edward Sprague Rand, and two
Date: 1907 dog licenses for "Rob Roy" and "Mike" owned by Philip Marquand and Mary R. Curson.
- Series: III. Other papers
- (47). Deeds and other legal documents, circa 1683?-1900. 3 folders
Includes papers concerning Kents Island, Massachusetts (a 1683? deed) and the Kent family members. Also includes wills and certificates.
- (48). Genealogy papers. 1 folders
Especially notes concerning the Dudley family.
- (49). Photographs. 1 folders
Cabinet photograph of Oliver Hazard Perry, with a clipping; and three snapshots of a doorway to a house, one with a dog sitting on stoop.
- (50). Printed materials, 1846-1870. 1 folders
Copies of newspapers and journals.
- (51). Receipts : manuscript documents, 1770-1773. 1 folders
- (52). Miscellaneous family letters and other papers, 1844-1906. 1 folders