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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 3381

Lucien Farnham sermons and correspondence collection


Sermons and correspondence of Lucien Farnham, including an account of conditions for formerly enslaved people in Georgia.


  • Creation: 1824-1874


Condition Description

Overall good condition but must be handled carefully.

Physical Description

Folders in box

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.


.08 linear feet (1 box)

Sermons, family and other letters, with a few items that relate to abolition. Includes an account by Hattie Gaylord of interviews with freed enslaved persons.

Biographical / Historical

Lucien Farnham (1799-1874) was a Presbyterian and Congregationalist preacher born in Connecticut. He, with others known as the "Illinois Association", migrated to the Illinois prairie territory to establish a seminary, teach, and become pastors locally. Farnham was an antislavery activist who settled in the town of Princeton, Illinois.


Arranged as received, with some sorting by size by the archivist to allow safe housing.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Custodial History

Ownership prior to this acquisition is unknown.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2022M-17. Purchased from Howard S. Mott, Inc. with the Harmand Teplow Class of 1920 Book Fund, 2021 September 23.

Processing Information

This collection was processed to a basic level with minimal rehousing, organization, and preservation.

Lucien Farnham sermons and correspondence collection, 1824-1872 (MS Am 3381): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard University
2021 October 27
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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