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MS Sparks 106-162

Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866. Jared Sparks personal papers, 1808-1866: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b, f
Call No.: MS Sparks 106-162
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866.
Title: Jared Sparks personal papers
Date(s): 1808-1866
Quantity: 50 linear feet (86 volumes, 57 boxes, 11 envelopes, 3 cases, 2 folders)
Language of materials: Materials are in English,
Abstract: Jared Spark's personal papers.

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:

Jared Sparks Personal Papers, 1808-1866 (MS Sparks 106-162). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

Each MS Sparks call number from 1-105 has a separate finding aid.
The Jared Sparks letterbooks (MS Sparks 153) has a separate finding aid. Provided in this finding aid is a rough box level description.
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: Catalogue of the library of Jared Sparks: with a list of the historical manuscripts collected by him and now deposited in the library of Harvard University (Cambridge: Riverside Press, 1871).


Arranged into the following series:

Scope and Contents

The Jared Sparks papers contain Spark's historical essays and compositions, published articles, letter books, diaries, account books related to his college days, professional research, and his tenure as College president.

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