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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:7635 1849-1881 M885

Asa P. Morse and Company records

Scope and Contents

Correspondence (foreign and domestic), bills, accounts, and other records of Asa P. Morse and Company. Also included are some letters relating to Morse's political career and some family correspondence and papers. There are also papers concerning lumbering in Woodstock Valley, Conn.

Also, letters include those from Morse's sister-in-law, who wrote of her finances and the debt on her husband's estate. Letters from her daughters (May, Francine, and Elise Morse) discuss family news and life at their school, as well as their bills and purchases.

Morse also corresponded with women when he was a politician in Boston in 1878 and 1879, including letters from Miss Nellie W. L., a librarian at the State House Library, and Eudora C. Atkinson, superintendent of the Reformatory Prison for Women in South Framingham.


  • 1849-1881


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials stored onsite. Please contact for more information.


2.5 linear feet (5 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Asa Porter Morse was a Boston merchant who dealt in shooks for packing and cooperage. Born in Haverhill, N.H., Morse came to Boston in 1840. He was a representative in the Massachusetts General Court in 1869 and 1873 and a state senator, 1879-1880.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Nino D. Scotti.


Asa P. Morse and Company. Asa P. Morse and Company Records, 1849-1881
Baker Library Special Collections Staff
January 2018
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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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