Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Readers who have permission to use it should check with Houghton Public Services staff for retrieval policies and times.
43.1 linear feet (33 cartons)
Biographical / Historical
Please note that item numbers 385, 755-756, 766, 1323-1332, 4162-4166 were inadvertently omitted from this finding aid.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Existence and Location of Copies
Charles Sumner's archive of correspondence, kept by secretaries, filled 170 albums. At Harvard, these albums were given call numbers MS Am 1, MS Am 1.2, MS Am 1.3, MS Am 1.4, MS Am 1.5, MS Am 1.6, MS Am 1.7, MS Am 1.8, MS Am 1.9, MS Am 1.10, MS Am 1.11, MS Am 1.12, MS Am 1.13, MS Am 1.14, MS Am 1.15, MS Am 1.16, MS Am 1.17, MS Am 1.18, MS Am 1.19, MS Am 1.20, MS Am 1.21. The contents of the albums were later disbound, and supplemented from other small collections of Sumner letters deriving from Pierce (formerly MS Am 1.61, MS Am 1.62, MS Am 1.63, and MS Am 1441 (=42M-500 to 566)) to form the present collection.
Oversized letters are housed in carton 28.
Empty album bindings are item (7073).
- Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874. Charles Sumner correspondence, 1829-1874: Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
- EAD ID
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