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COLLECTION — Multiple Containers Identifier: 54M-206

Lowell Institute records


Correspondence (boxes labeled alphabetically by correspondent name); ledger books; and other materials.


  • circa 1837-1943

Language of Materials


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use.


76 transfer boxes, 3 wooden cases, 20 volumes (76 transfer boxes, 3 wooden cases, 20 volumes)

Biographical / Historical

The Lowell Institute, established in 1836, is an educational foundation in Boston, Massachusetts, providing for free public lectures; it was endowed by the bequest of $250,000 left by John Lowell, Jr. (1799-1836). Under the terms of his will, 10% of the net income was to be added to the principal, which in 1909 was over a million dollars. The first trustee was Lowell's cousin, John Amory Lowell, who administered the trust for more than forty years, and was succeeded in 1881 by his son, Augustus Lowell, who in turn was succeeded in 1900 by his son Abbott Lawrence Lowell, who in 1909 became president of Harvard University. [Source: Wikipedia, 2013]


Collection is unprocessed.

Ownership and Custodial History

Deposited by the Lowell Institute, 1955.

Processing Information

Processing Information Minimal description derived from existing records and converted to online finding aid, Betts Coup, 2020.
Link to catalog
Lowell Institute. Lowell Institute records, circa 1837-1943 (54M-206): Guide>
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
2018 November 16
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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