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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1465

Samuel Gray Ward and Anna Hazard Barker Ward papers

Overview

Papers of Samual Baker Ward and his wife Anna Hazard Barker Ward, friends of Ralph Waldo Emerson and associates of the Transcendentalists.

Dates

  • 1823-1934
  • Majority of material found in 1837-1900

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Extent

2.3 linear feet (7 boxes)

Chiefly letters to the Wards from relatives, friends, and business associates; also some letters by them, a few poems by Samuel Ward, and a diary, 1845-1852, and commonplace book of Anna Ward. The chief correspondent represented is Ralph Waldo Emerson. Others include Joshua Bates, John Murray Forbes, Margaret Fuller, Otto and Jenny Lind Goldschmidt, Augustine Heard, Henry James (the father), Fanny Kemble, Charles Eliot Norton, Elizabeth Peabody, Catherine Maria Sedgwick, Charles Sedgwick, Elizabeth Buckminster Dwight Sedgwick, Celia Laighton Thaxter, and Sarah Butler Wister.

Biographical / Historical

Ward (1817-1907), a banker in Boston and New York, was a friend of Ralph Waldo Emerson and an associate of the Transcendentalists. Anna Hazard Barker Ward was his wife.

Arrangement

Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Papers
  2. II. Other papers
  3. III. Miscellanea

Immediate Source of Acquisition

*42M-2088 and *45M-343. Gift of Mrs. William C. Endicott and Mrs. Charles Bruen Perkins; received: 1942, 1944, and 6 March 1946.

Title
Ward, Samuel Gray. Samuel Gray Ward and Anna Hazard Barker Ward papers: Guide.
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Language of description
und
EAD ID
hou00309

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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