Jared Sparks collection of documents concerning the American Revolution
Documents copied or collected by American historian and president of Harvard Jared Sparks.
Language of Materials
Collection materials are in English, French, and Spanish.
Conditions Governing Access
There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
Extent2.5 linear feet (5 boxes)
Documents copied or collected by Jared Sparks in the course of his editorial and historical work; the focus of the collection is the American Revolution. Includes letters and documents of John Armstrong, Benedict Arnold, William Ellery, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Lincoln, and Joseph Reed, among others. Also includes letters addressed to George Washington from various correspondents.
Biographical / Historical
Sparks was an American historian and editor. He was president of Harvard (1849-1853).
Organized into the following series by call number:
- I. MS Sparks 49.1
- II. MS Sparks 49.2
- III. MS Sparks 49.3
- IV. MS Sparks 49.3: MSS. added from MS Sparks 132.6
- ___A. Letters from George Washington's correspondence
- ___B. Miscellaneous papers
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of estate of Jared Sparks; received: 1939.
These papers were bound in three volumes by Jared Sparks. They were removed from their bindings in 1960 and placed in five boxes. Their original order was retained. Similar and related MSS. from Sparks 132 were added at the end of the series.
- Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866, collector. Jared Sparks collection of documents concerning the American Revolution: Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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