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MS Am 772

Willard family. Willard family papers, 1797-1828 (MS Am 772): Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: f
Call No.: MS Am 772
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Willard family.
Title: Willard family papers,
Date(s): 1797-1828.
Quantity: 1 collection (.1 linear feet (1 envelope)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Papers of Congregationalist minister and Harvard College president Joseph Willard and of his sons Augustus and Sidney.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Gift of Miss Susanna Willard; received: 1916 April 18.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Michael W. Austin

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Willard Family Papers, 1797-1828 (MS Am 772). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Willard (1738-1804) was a Congregational minister, scholar of ancient Greek, astronomy, and mathematics, and president of Harvard College (1781-1804). He had three sons, Augustus (1775-1799), Sidney (1780-1856), and Joseph (1761-1827), some of whose family and business activities are documented in the collection.


The constituent documents of this collection were glued by their edges to individual pages of bound notebooks or, in the case of Augustus Willard's journal, gathered together in a folder; contents descriptions were written on the covers. This was presumably done by the donor, a family member. The original arrangement has been preserved, viz.: notebook entitled "Letters of Augustus Willard", items (1)-(12); folder, "Journal of a voyage to the West Indies", item (13); notebook, "Funeral Address on Dr. John Clarke (H.C. 1774), item (14); notebook, "Letters from Sidney Willard (H.C. '98)", items (15)-(18).

Scope and Contents

Consists of letters, a journal, eulogies, and a printed obituary.

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