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MS Am 1069

Buffum, Arnold, 1782-1859. Arnold Buffum papers, 1839-1859: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b [Shelved with MS Am 1000]
Call No.: MS Am 1069
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Buffum, Arnold, 1782-1859.
Title: Arnold Buffum papers,
Date(s): 1839-1859 and undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.25 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Autograph manuscript drafts of correspondence and compositions by American abolitionist, Arnold Buffum.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Recataloged from MS Am 5008.


Gift to the Harvard Business School Library from Charles H. Taylor, 1931. Transferred to the Harvard College Treasure Room, 1931 April 9.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
Call-numbers were consolidated and simplified in February 2013 from fMS Am 1069-1069.3.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Arnold Buffum Papers, 1839-1859 (MS Am 1069). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Arnold Buffum (1782-1859) was a Rhode Island abolitionist. He began his career as a entrepreneur manufacturing and selling hats in Providence, Rhode Island and also patented some inventions concerning this trade. He married Rebecca Gould Buffum and they had seven children. Buffum was a Quaker, which greatly influenced his views on slavery. He joined with William Lloyd Garrison and others to establish the New England Anti-Slavery Society in 1832. He was the new organization's president and the first roving lecturer. By the late 1830s he broke with Garrison, and with James G. Birney founded the Liberty Party in 1840. Buffum was also an advocate of temperance, and his daughter, Elizabeth Buffum Chace, also went on to become a prominent abolitionist and a leader in the movements of women's rights and prison reform. [source: Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame website].


Arranged alphabetically by title.

Scope and Contents

Includes autograph manuscript drafts of essays and lectures on temperance, slavery, and the Bible. Also includes autograph manuscript drafts of letters and notes.

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