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HUM 190

Palmer, Minor Brodrick, 1884-1978. Minor Brodrick Palmer personal archive, 1903-1906, 1942 : an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: HUM 190
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Palmer, Minor Brodrick, 1884-1978
Title: Minor Brodrick Palmer personal archive, 1903-1906, 1942
Date(s): 1903-1906, 1942
Quantity: 0.6 cubic feet (2 half-document boxes, 1 flat box)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Minor Brodrick Palmer (1884-1978) attended Harvard from 1903 to 1905, during which he frequently wrote letters home to his family in St. Paul, Minnesota, describing his daily life. The collection includes handwritten letters and postcards from Minor Brodrick Palmer to his family, a postcard scrapbook, photographs, and assorted personal documents, chiefly dating from Palmer's student years at Harvard.

Acquisition information:

The collection was donated to Harvard University in 2014 by Mary Riordan. Accession number 19532; September 15, 2014 Mary Riordan.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed in February 2015 by Olivia Mandica-Hart. Processing involved a collection survey, re-housing in appropriate archival boxes, and the creation of this finding aid. All titles were devised by the archivist.
This finding aid was created by Olivia Mandica-Hart in March 2015.

Researcher Access:

Open for research. Photocopying may be limited due to fragility. Typed transcriptions of letters are available in the collection control file. Please consult the reference staff for further details.

Preferred Citation:

Palmer, Minor Brodrick, 1884-1978. Minor Brodrick Palmer personal archive, 1903-1906, 1942. HUM 190, Harvard University Archives.

Biographical Note

Minor Brodrick Palmer, investment banker, was born on February 8, 1884, in St. Paul, Minnesota to Timothy R. Palmer and Lucy C. Brodrick. He attended Harvard from 1903 to 1906 and received his AB in 1908. Palmer married Alice L. Kelly in 1913; they had one child. He married Alice Elizabeth in 1915; they also had one child. Palmer died in 1978.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into two series:

Scope and Content

This collection consists of handwritten letters and postcards from Palmer to his family, a postcard scrapbook, and assorted photographs and personal documents. The scrapbook is inscribed "Christmas 1905, Father from Minor," and contains forty pages of Harvard postcards, some with Palmer's handwritten annotations. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence; Palmer wrote regularly to his parents and siblings in St. Paul, Minnesota, describing his daily life as an undergraduate student at Harvard from 1903 to 1905. The letters detail Palmer's classes, grades, and examinations, attendance at Harvard sporting events and work as the fencing team's manager, dining experiences in Memorial Hall, participation with the Minnesota Club, and monetary expenses (including clothing purchases). He also discusses current events and politics, local travels and trips, Boston and Cambridge cultural happenings, and weather conditions. Other items include Memorial Hall meal cards, handwritten sophomore year expense charts, a 1905 Harvard Class Day invitation, a "Pumpkins Like Boilers" newspaper clipping, a handwritten academic schedule card, dormitory floor plans with handwritten annotations, annotated cyanotypes, gelatin silver photograph prints with annotations, and a Selective Service Registration Certificate card from 1942.

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This document last updated 2016 October 24.

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