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MS Am 2733

Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874, compiler. Charles Sumner scrapbooks of personal and political clippings, 1850-1874: 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 2733
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874, compiler.
Title: Charles Sumner scrapbooks of personal and political clippings,
Date(s): 1850-1874.
Quantity: 1 collection (4 linear feet (9 volumes in 5 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English, a few in French.
Abstract: Scrapbooks of clippings compiled by Charles Sumner, lawyer, Republican senator from Massachusetts, and anti-slavery campaigner.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Gift of the family of Edward Lillie Pierce, literary executor of Senator Sumner; received: 1897 October 26. Recataloged from US 5249.144*.

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:

Charles Sumner Scrapbooks of Personal and Political Clippings, 1850-1874 (MS Am 2733). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

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Biographical / Historical

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


Arranged in volume number order.

Scope and Contents

Newspaper clippings are primarily from American newspapers, though there are some clippings from foreign sources. The great majority of items concern Sumner's career in politics, some record his speeches and actions in the Senate and elsewhere. There are a few items that are personal and concern his family. Also included are documents and reports from the United States Congress, concerning the Port Royal Experiment, concerning various Freedmen's Bureaus, and issues involving fugitive slaves and contrabands. There are a few manuscript documents pasted-in these volumes. Titles of volumes were taken from the spines of the scrapbooks or titlepage or were created by cataloger if no title existed. Many pages and items are annotated in Sumner's hand. All volumes include cut-out parts with holes in pages.


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

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