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MS Am 777

Dunster, Samuel,1803-, collector. Samuel Dunster collection of papers by and about the Dunster family, 1720-1876: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 777
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Samuel Dunster collection of papers by and about the Dunster family,
Date(s): 1720-1876
Quantity: 1 collection (1 linear foot (2 boxes, 1 volume)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Papers assembled primarily for Samuel Dunster's Henry Dunster and his descendants and other Dunster family papers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Purchase with the Bright Legacy; received: 1920-1921. Some material recataloged from HU 337.41.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to most of the material in this collection.
Items (5), (8), (9) are restricted: fragile; consult curatorial staff.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Samuel Dunster Collection of Papers by and about the Dunster Family, 1720-1876 (MS Am 777). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

See the Harvard University Archives for additional papers of Henry Dunster.
See the Rhode Island Historical Society Manuscripts Division for additional Samuel Dunster Records.

Biographical / Historical

Henry Dunster (1609-1659?) was the first President of Harvard College, serving from 1640-1654. Samuel Dunster (1803-1889) was a descendant of Henry Dunster, born in Mason, New Hampshire, the son of Jason and Mary Meriam Dunster. He married Susan Perkins Dow Dunster (1806-1886). Samuel Dunster was a farmer and a textile manufactuer, primarily in Rhode Island. He retired to a farm in Attleboro, Massachusetts circa 1863 and became an avid genealogist and in 1876 published Henry Dunster and his descendants.
Isaiah Dunster (1720-1791) was one of the children of Henry Dunster (1688-1753) and Martha Russell Dunster. He received an AB from Harvard College in 1741 and married Mary Smith and later Hannah Dennis. Isaiah was a Congregational minister at Harwich, on Cape Cod, from 1748 until his death in 1791.


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Scope and Contents

Primarily letters, genealogy materials, manuscript text, clippings, and other items relating to the descendants of Henry Dunster. Items were collected by Samuel Dunster for the writing of his book, Henry Dunster and his descendants, Central Falls, R.I. : E.L. Freeman & Co., 1876. Also includes materials by and about Rev. Isaiah Dunster (1720-1791) and other Dunsters, including an unidentified Dunster? manuscript.

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