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MS Sparks 3

Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866. Board of Trade Journal, 1766-1777 (MS Sparks 3): Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: gen
Call No.: MS Sparks 3
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866, collector.
Title: Board of Trade Journal
Date(s): 1766-1777
Quantity: .1 linear feet (1 volume)
Language of materials: Material is in English.

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. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

Board of Trade Journal, 1766-1777 (MS Sparks 3). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

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).

Scope and Contents

The volume consists of 300 pages from the manuscripts of George Chalmers, bought in London, 1843. Includes conditions of trade in the colonies, by states; also trade with the coast of Africa.

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