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Tudor, John Henry, 1782-1802. Papers of John Henry Tudor, 1795-1802: an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: HUM 21
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Tudor, John Henry, 1782-1802.
Title: Papers of John Henry Tudor, 1795-1802
Date(s): 1795-1802
Quantity: .26 cubic feet (one half document box)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: John Henry Tudor (1782-1802) was the son of a prominent Boston family who died two years after graduating from Harvard College. These papers document his studies, recreational activities, thoughts, and feelings while an undergraduate at Harvard College from 1796 to 1800, as well as his life outside of college. They include letters to his brothers, William and Frederic, and to his father, William; copies of letters to friend and classmate Moody Noyes; a book of student themes on various topics; a mathematical notebook; a diary; and additional papers related to, but not created by, Tudor.

Acquisition information:

Three items in the Papers of John Henry Tudor - a diary, a mathematical notebook, and a volume of student themes - were donated to Harvard University in November 1934 by Frederic Tudor. Other items are of unknown provenance and may have been part of that gift, as well.

Processing Information:

John Henry Tudor's diary and student works were previously cataloged separately, as individual items. The correspondence and other related papers now in this collection were discovered in a HUG 300 biographical file and had not previously been cataloged. The collection was re-processed in 2010, combining all of the Harvard University Archives' holdings of John Henry Tudor papers to create one collection. Re-processing involved a collection survey, re-housing in appropriate archival folders and boxes, and the creation of this finding aid.
This finding aid was created by Laura Morris in May 2010.
Preservation and description of the Papers of John Henry Tudor was supported by the Arcadia-funded project Harvard in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries.

Researcher Access:

The Papers of John Henry Tudor are open for research.

Copying Restriction:

Copying of fragile materials may be limited.

Preferred Citation:

Tudor, John Henry, 1782-1802. Papers of John Henry Tudor, 1795-1802. HUM 21, Harvard University Archives.

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Biographical Note

John Henry Tudor (1782-1802), son of a prominent Boston family, died only two years after graduating from Harvard College. During his short life he proved a devoted friend, son, and brother. He enjoyed extensive travel and outdoor recreation with his family and spent much time in their company at Rockwood, the family estate in Lynn, Massachusetts. Following a long illness, and travels to Cuba, South Carolina, and Virginia in attempts to recover his health, Tudor died in 1802.
John Henry Tudor was born in Boston on April 13, 1782 to Delia Jarvis Tudor (1753-1843) and William Tudor (1750-1819). His father was a Boston lawyer who had served as Judge Advocate of the Continental Army under George Washington prior to his service in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, the State Senate, and as secretary of state for the Commonwealth. John Henry had three brothers and two sisters: William (1779-1830), Frederic (1783-1864), Emma Jane (1785-1865), Delia (1787-1861), and Henry James (1791-1864). John Henry received an A.B. from Harvard in 1800, where he was a member of the Hasty Pudding Club and the Porcellian Club. He died two years later, following a long illness. Although little published biographical information about Tudor is available, the papers in this collection illustrate his sensitivity, intelligence, and devotion to family.

Arrangement

The papers are arranged in four series: Materials within each series are arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content

These papers of John Henry Tudor (1782-1802) document his studies, activities, and thoughts while an undergraduate at Harvard College from 1796 to 1800. The collection includes letters to his brothers, William and Frederic, and to his father, William, as well as copies of letters to friend and classmate Moody Noyes. Additional items include a book of student themes, a mathematical notebook, a diary, and papers related to, but not created by, Tudor.

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