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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2097

Dana family financial records


Primarily invoices and receipts of Francis Dana, member of the Continental Congress and Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court.


  • Creation: 1757-1929
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1767-1811

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


0.5 linear feet (1 boxes)

The collection primarily contains invoices and receipts of Francis Dana and other Dana family members as well as invoices and receipts of Francis Dana's contemporaries including Israel Thorndike. There is correspondence of the Dana family members including letters from William Cullen Bryant to Richard Henry Dana as well as correspondence between Richard Henry Dana III and William Penn Cresson about the latter's biography, Francis Dana, a Puritan in the court of Catherine the Great. Finally, there is a small amount of correspondence and other materials received with the collection whose relationship to the Dana family is unclear.

Biographical / Historical

The Dana family was prominent in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Francis Dana (1743-1811), son of Richard Dana, was a Massachusetts revolutionary leader, member of the Continental Congress, unofficial United States Minister to Russia, and Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court. Edmund Trowbridge was Francis Dana's brother in law. Francis Dana's son, Richard Henry Dana (1787-1879) was a literary scholar and edited the periodical, Idle Man. Richard Henry Dana, Jr. (1815-1882) was the United States Attorney for Massachusetts during the Civil War and author of Two years before the mast. Richard Henry Dana III, (1851-1931) was a lawyer and civil service reformer.


Arranged into two series:

  1. I. Dana family papers
  2. A. Financial records
  3. B. Letters
  4. II. Other papers
  5. A. Financial records
  6. B. Letters

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

91M-24. Manuscripts presented by Goodspeed's Book Shop; received: 1991 August 1.

Digitization Funding

Collections and items have been digitized with the generous support of The Polonsky Foundation.

Processing Information

Processed by: Jackie Dean

Dana family. Dana family financial records, 1757-1929: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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