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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:8995 1862-1882 P271

Theophilus Parsons records

Scope and Contents

Household and personal bills and receipts for Harvard University Professor Parsons and his family, who resided in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Types of bills include groceries and provisions, grains, livery, freight, lumber, furniture, jewelry and watch repairs, plumbing, rent and subscriptions. Also includes two bank books from the Charles River National Bank.

Two women appear among the receipts: Sophronia Hamblin and Mrs. Thomas Dooner. In 1877, Hamblin sold milk, eggs, potatoes, chicken, fish, peas, beans, corn, and beets to Mrs. Parsons, probably from her house or store in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dooner sold milk and cream to Mrs. Parsons in 1878 and 1879.


  • 1862-1882


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials stored onsite. Please contact for more information on access procedures and reproduction services.


1 linear feet (2 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Theophilus Parsons (1797-1882). Professor of Law, Harvard Law School (1848-1870), resided in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge

Some details in the biographical note are from public records found through Ancestry Library Edition.

Physical Location


Processing Information

Processed: September 2021 By: Baker Library Special Collections Staff

Processing Information

To enhance discoverability, this collection was removed from an artificial collection of records pertaining to household management account books in September 2021.

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Repository Details

Part of the Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University Repository

Baker Library Special Collections holds unique resources that focus on the evolution of business and industry, as well as the records of the Harvard Business School, documenting the institution's development over the last century. These rich and varied collections support research in a diverse range of fields such as business, economic, social and cultural history as well as the history of science and technology.

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