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MS Sparks 26

Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866, collector. Charles Lee letters to his sister, 1756-1781: 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 Sparks 26
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866, collector.
Title: Charles Lee letters to his sister
Date(s): 1756-1781
Quantity: .1 linear feet (1 volume)
Language of materials: Materials are in English.
Abstract: American documents chiefly concerning the American colonies and the original thirteen states, collected by the historian and Harvard president Jared Sparks.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Bequest of Jared Sparks; received: 1866 July 2.
Under his will, the manuscripts passed to his son, William Eliot Sparks (d. Sept. 1886), with a conditional reversion to Harvard University. However, on 2 July 1866, the Harvard College Library received the manuscripts in advance of the deaths of the legatees.

Processing Information:

A project was undertaken in 2016 to describe the various titles that comprise the Jared Sparks Collection of American Manuscripts (MS Sparks 1-105) with individual finding aids for each.
Similarly, the Jared Sparks Personal Papers (MS Sparks 106-162) have been described in a separate finding aid.
Sparks's original organization, in bound volumes has been retained. Prior to this finding aid, access to the collection was through an online index, printed and manuscript lists, and a card index.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Charles Lee Letters to His Sister, 1756-1781 (MS Sparks 26). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

Each MS Sparks call number from 1-105 has a separate finding aid.
See the Jared Sparks papers comprised of call numbers MS Sparks 106-162.
Additional letters and papers of Jared Sparks are found in the Harvard University Archives, UAI15.886, UAI15.886.3, UAI15.886.10, UAI15.886.x, and HUA 734.

Biographical / Historical

Jared Sparks (Harvard, AB 1815, AM 1818) was an American historian and editor, the McClean Professor of Ancient and Modern History at Harvard University (1839-1849), and its president (1849-1853).


For the most complete general description of the Sparks collection, see: Justin Winsor, Calendar of the Sparks manuscripts in Harvard College Library, with an appendix showing other manuscripts (Library of Harvard University Bibliographical Contributions, no. 22) (Cambridge: Library of Harvard University, 1889). See also:


A list of the larger collection of Jared Sparks American manuscripts, comprised of call numbers MS Sparks 1-105, is as follows: This finding aid provides a detailed index of:

Scope and Contents

The Jared Sparks Collection of American Manuscripts taken as a whole consists of original and transcribed historical documents and correspondence, chiefly concerning the American colonies and the original thirteen states, collected or transcribed beginning in 1819 by Jared Sparks. The collection includes the papers of Sir Francis Bernard and George Chalmers, letters of Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, the Marquis de Lafayette, and George Washington, the journals of Thomas Ainslie, the Board of Trade, the New York Provincial Congress and Conventions, as well as the papers and records from state public offices, among many others.

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