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MS Am 660

Pickering, Timothy, 1745-1829. Timothy Pickering papers, 1796-1826: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 660
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Pickering, Timothy, 1745-1829.
Title: Timothy Pickering papers,
Date(s): 1796-1826 and undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (.25 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Miscellaneous papers of Massachusetts politician, Timothy Pickering Jr.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Anonymous gift; received: 1890 March 11.
No accession number. Gift of Professor Edward Charles Pickering; received: 1914 November 3.

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:

Timothy Pickering Papers, 1796-1826 (MS Am 660). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Timothy Pickering Jr. (1745-1829) was a politician from Massachusetts, who was the third United States Secretary of State (1795-1800) under Presidents George Washington and John Adams. He was born in Salem, Massachusetts, the son of Deacon Timothy and Mary Wingate Pickering. Pickering received an AB from Harvard College in 1763. He also served in the Massachusetts militia and Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War.


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Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence, account books, deeds, legal papers, financial records, and other materials, chiefly produced in Massachusetts, concerning Pickering's property, personal finance, political views, in specie verification of fruits, and other topics. Includes: incomplete draft of political letter dated Washington, March 19, 1810, which was found in the Corporation Records of Harvard College; "Alphabet for specie certificates issued from the quarter master general's office commencing at number 501"; and other materials.

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