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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:797 1845-1916 W947

Elizur Wright business papers


Correspondence and papers of Elizur Wright relating to insurance matters, 1845-1885, and a smaller group of papers of his son, Walter C. Wright, consulting actuary, 1884-1916.


  • Creation: 1845-1916 (inclusive)


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2 linear feet (2 cartons, 1 box)

This collection consists chiefly of the correspondence of Elizur Wright relating to insurance matters. There is also a smaller group of papers from his son, Walter C. Wright, a consulting actuary. Papers include clippings, announcements, materials on legislative bills, statements, and banking and insurance information.

Biographical Note:

Elizur Wright was the first commissioner of insurance of Massachusetts (1858-1866), a post created after years of lobbying by Wright for insurance reform. He was also a journalist, editor, and abolitionist. See sketch in Dictionary of American Biography.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:

  1. Series I. Letters to Elizur Wright, 1854-1885
  2. Series II. Correspondence and papers of Elizur Wright, 1845-1884
  3. Series III. Correspondence and papers of Walter C. Wright, 1884-1916

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Wright, Elizur, 1804-1885. Elizur Wright Business Papers, 1845-1916 (inclusive): A Finding Aid
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Part of the Baker Library Special Collections and Archives, Harvard Business School Repository

Baker Library Special Collections and Archives 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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