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HUM 32

Eliot, Andrew, 1718-1778. Papers of Andrew Eliot, 1734-1777: an inventory

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Repository: Harvard University Archives
Call No.: HUM 32
Creator: Eliot, Andrew, 1718-1778
Title: Papers of Andrew Eliot, 1734-1777
Quantity: .06 cubic feet (3 volumes and 4 folders)
Abstract: Andrew Eliot (1718-1778) was a respected minister of Boston's New North Church, and member of the Harvard Corporation. He graduated from Harvard with an AB in 1737 and received an AM in 1740. This collection of Eliot's papers consists of two interleaved almanacs from 1734 and 1739, correspondence, an annotated Harvard Triennial Catalogue, and an essay that highlights aspects of Eliot's life from his days as a Harvard undergraduate through his final years as a Boston minister during the Revolutionary War. The papers offer information about the daily life of a Harvard student, and the evolution of Eliot's religious beliefs from an early undated personal essay to his later viewpoints on the role of Providence in the Revolutionary War. In his correspondence, Eliot conveyed information about Harvard, as well as news about the Revolutionary War.
Note: This document last updated 2014 February 24.

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Specific acquisition information is noted at the series or item level. The provenance of the diaries is unknown.

Researcher Access:

The Papers of Andrew Eliot are open for research.

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Preferred Citation:

Eliot, Andrew, 1718-1778. Papers of Andrew Eliot, 1734-1777. HUM 32, Harvard University Archives.

Processing Information :

The material was first classified and described in the Harvard University Archives shelflist prior to 1980 as individual items. The correspondence and undated essay were removed from the HUG 300 Quinquennial File for Andrew Eliot. The material was re-processed in 2010 and formed into the Papers of Andrew Eliot. Re-processing involved a collection survey, rehousing, and the creation of this finding aid.
This finding aid was created by Diann Benti in June 2010.
Preservation and description of the Papers of Andrew Eliot was supported by the Arcadia-funded project Harvard in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into four series:

Biographical Note

Andrew Eliot was born in Boston on December 21, 1718. He received from Harvard an AB in 1737 and an AM in 1740. He was ordained the pastor of the New North Church of Boston on April 14, 1742, and began a lifelong career as a respected and well-known minister. In 1758 he was appointed the clerk of Harvard’s Board of Overseers, and was elected to the Corporation in 1765. Eliot weathered the Revolutionary War in Boston, and at the request of General Washington made the official thanksgiving sermon on March 28, 1776. He died on September 13, 1778. The first of his eleven children shared his name, and graduated from Harvard in the Class of 1762.

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Scope and Content

The Papers of Andrew Eliot highlight aspects of Eliot's life from his days as a Harvard undergraduate through his final years as a Boston minister during the Revolutionary War. The papers offer information about the daily life of a Harvard student, and the evolution of Eliot's religious beliefs from an early undated personal essay to his viewpoints on the role of Providence in the Revolutionary War.
The records are arranged in four series: diaries, correspondence, Triennial Catalogue, and an undated essay. The diaries, written in 1734 and 1739 while Eliot was a student at Harvard, hold short, sporadic entries about Eliot's daily activities. The undated essay explores Eliot's personal religious beliefs, and also appears to have been written while Eliot was a student. The Harvard Triennial Catalogue includes occasional biographical annotations by Eliot. The three pieces of correspondence written by Eliot between 1769 and 1777 offer information about his involvement with Harvard and the Revolutionary War. In the two later letters, written in 1774 and 1777, Eliot provides both news and personal perspectives on the War.

Series Descriptions and Item List

Superseded call numbers

The call number for all material in the Papers of Andrew Eliot is now HUM 32. To assist researchers in identifying materials noted in previous citations, the list below provides references from obsolete call numbers to new box numbers. Please use the current call number, HUM 32, with the appropriate box number in place of the superseded call number when citing material from this collection.

Formerly HUD 734.23, 1734 Diary.

Formerly HUD 734.32, 1739 Diary.

Formerly HUG 300, correspondence in the Quinquennial File on Andrew Eliot.

Formerly HUG 2145.176, 1776 annotated Triennial Catalogue.


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