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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1752

Cartland family papers


Correspondence and other papers of the Cartland family of New Hampshire, cousins of the poet John Greenleaf Whittier.


  • Creation: 1823-1913

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


8 linear feet (22 boxes)

Chiefly letters to Moses Austin Cartland, Joseph Cartland, and Gertrude Whittier Cartland, together with other family correspondence. Includes diaries, 1849-1866, of Gertrude Cartland; essays; photographs; clippings; and printed ephemera. Includes letters from John Greenleaf Whittier and articles and clippings relating to Whittier.

Biographical / Historical

The Cartlands of Lee, N.H., were Quakers, and cousins of the poet John Greenleaf Whittier. Moses Austin Cartland (1805-1863) was a schoolmaster and journalist. His brother Joseph Cartland (1810-1898) was also an educator. With his wife Gertrude Whittier Cartland (1822-1911), Joseph was principal of Moses Brown School in Providence, R.I. (1855-1860).


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Letters to Moses Austin Cartland
  2. II. Letters to Joseph Cartland
  3. III. Letters to Gertrude E. Whittier Cartland
  4. IV. Other letters relating to the Cartland family
  5. V. Manuscripts and printed material

Please note that item number 541 was inadvertently omitted from this finding aid.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Martha Hale Shackford; received: 1942.

2019M-113. Purchased with funds from the Thomas W. Streeter fund, 2019.

Cartland family. Cartland family papers, 1823-1913 (MS Am 1752): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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