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MS Can 94

Goss, Elbridge Henry, 1830-1908. Elbridge Henry Goss papers for A complete history of the expulsion of the Acadians, 1755-1908: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Can 94
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Goss, Elbridge Henry, 1830-1908.
Title: Elbridge Henry Goss papers for A complete history of the expulsion of the Acadians,
Date(s): 1755-1908.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Papers assembled by Melrose, Massachusetts historian, Elbridge Henry Goss, for his history of the expulsion of the Acadians. Includes a few 18th-century original documents.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Purchase with the Francis Parkman fund; received: 1919 April 22; recataloged from Can 323.2*

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Elbridge Henry Goss Papers for A Complete History of the Expulsion of the Acadians, 1755-1908 (MS Can 94). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

Additional Goss papers are held by the American Antiquarian Society.

Biographical / Historical

Elbridge Henry Goss (1830-1908) was an active participant in the civic life of Melrose, Massachusetts, and an author of books of local historical interest. He was an auditor, water registrar, trustee of the public library, alderman, treasurer of the Melrose Savings Bank, and member of the Massachusetts legislature. His books include a local history of Melrose, The Melrose Memorial; Early Bells of Massachusetts; and a two volume work on the Life of Colonel Paul Revere.


Arranged alphabetically by author or title.

Scope and Contents

The bulk of this collection is what appears to be Elbridge Henry Goss's autograph manuscript draft text and notes for his unpublished book on the expulsion of the Acadians from the Canadian Maritime provinces from 1755–1764. Includes transcript copies of letters written from Acadia in 1756-1757 by soldiers from Massachusetts, transcript copies of other documents, and a few news clippings. These papers include only two original 18th-century manuscript documents: a 1755 letter from Mary Jones in Concord to Ephraim Jones at Fort Gaspereau; and a manuscript document dated 1791-1793, Heirs to the estate of Jonas Hartwell deceased in account with Brown & Thorndike. Also with two printed maps of New England and Canada from the 19th-century.


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

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