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MS Am 1.68

Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874, collector. Charles Sumner scrapbook, 1608-1866: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MS Am 1.68
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874, collector.
Title: Charles Sumner scrapbook,
Date(s): 1608-1866.
Quantity: 1 collection (.25 linear feet (1 volume and 1 folder in 1 box)
Quantity: b
Language of materials: Collection materials are primarily in English, but also includes materials in French, Latin, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, and Russian.
Abstract: Scrapbook of items collected by American Senator Charles Sumner, including materials of his brother George Sumner.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Bequest of Charles Sumner; received: 1874. Recataloged from MS Sum 27.

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.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Charles Sumner Scrapbook, 1608-1866 (MS Am 1.68). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Sumner (1811-1874) was a Republican senator from Massachusetts and a principal figure in the anti-slavery movement. George Sumner (1817-1863) was Charles' brother, a business man and world traveler.


Arranged as inserted in scrapbook. A manuscript contents list is inserted inside the front cover.

Scope and Contents

Includes letters to Sumner and materials he collected such as printed and manuscript ephemera: tickets, broadsides, proclamations, prints, plant material, menus, engravings, portraits, paper money, theater programs, invitations, official documents (some for sale of slaves), a piece of untouched papyrus, a 1608 Title of tenantry, papers removed from the Tuileries Palace in 1848, Holy relics and certificate, and many other items. Some materials are annotated by Sumner or his brother George Sumner.
Entries below are taken primarily from the index listings.

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