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MS Ger 1

Ebeling, Christophe Daniel, 1741-1817. Christophe Daniel Ebeling papers, ca. 1790-1818: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: MS, pf (Harvard Depository)
Call No.: MS Ger 1
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Ebeling, Christophe Daniel, 1741-1817.
Title: Christophe Daniel Ebeling papers,
Date(s): 1790-1818.
Quantity: 1 collection (26 volumes in 9 boxes and 1 portfolio box (3 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are chiefly in German, Spanish, and English; also includes Portuguese, French, Dutch, Italian, and Inuit.
Abstract: Papers of German academic Christophe Daniel Ebeling.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Gift of Israel Thorndike, 1818.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Michael W. Austin

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
Box 10 of 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:

Christophe Daniel Ebeling Papers, ca. 1790-1818 (MS Ger 1). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Ebeling was a professor at the University of Hamburg and librarian at the Stadtsbibliothek. Part of his personal collection of Americana was bought by Israel Thorndike and presented to Harvard College in 1818.


This material was kept in original order as received.

Scope and Contents

Consists of Ebeling's lectures and notes in 26 bound manuscript volumes, chiefly in German but also containing sizable sections in Spanish and English. The manuscripts treat of the geography, history, commerce, and flora and fauna of the United States, Mexico, the West Indies, South America, and the Philippine Islands; presumably this material was drawn upon for Ebeling's magnum opus, Erdbeschreibung und geschichte von Amerika. Includes bibliographical references and, occasionally, summaries of the works of other scholars. Also includes miscellaneous items, such as letters and newspaper clippings. Some sections of the manuscripts are written in different hands; these materials were probably supplied to Ebeling for his reference. NB: Titles given below were taken from covers or spines of the volumes. Place names are given as spelled by Ebeling.


Box 10 of this collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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