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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Hyde 52

Boswell family papers


Correspondence and other papers from the grandfather, father, and children of biographer James Boswell, largely on family matters.


  • 1729-1822

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.4 linear feet (1 box and 1 volume)
This collection includes papers of the grandfather, father, and children of biographer James Boswell (1740-1795). Of particular interest are: father Alexander Boswell's memorandum book with a description of the death and funeral of his own mother, Elizabeth Boswell, in 1734, item (3); a letter ca. 1814 from daughter Euphemia Boswell to composer Charles Wesley, item (9); a 1791 letter from son James Boswell Jr., annotated with an interesting personal note by his father the biographer, item (12); a 1790 letter from daughter Veronica Boswell describing the extended visit of her father's friend William Johnston Temple, item (17); and a letter describing the effects of son Sir Alexander Boswell's fatal duel in 1822, item (19).

Physical Location

b, Hyde Case 9

Immediate Source of Acquisition

*2003JM-57, *2003JM-129. All material from *2003JM-57 unless otherwise noted. Bequest of Mary Hyde Eccles, Four Oaks Farm, Somerville, New Jersey; received: 2004.

Related Materials

The bulk of the Boswell family papers are at Yale University.

Processing Information

Processed by: Rick Stattler
Link to catalog
Boswell family. Boswell family papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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