John P. Bigelow and Bigelow family papers
Letters, diaries, and papers of American politician John P. (John Prescott) Bigelow.
Language of Materials
Collection materials are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
Extent4.5 linear feet (10 boxes)
4.5 linear feet (10 boxes)
4.5 linear feet (10 boxes)
The collection, which consists primarily of letters to Bigelow, is both personal and professional in nature, covering his family life and student days as well as his political career. While the major correspondent is Governor of Massachusetts Edward Everett (391 letters), there is also much correspondence with family members and friends, including Andrew Bigelow and Bigelow's brother-in-law Abbott Lawrence while Lawrence was ambassador to England. Includes Bigelow's diaries and notes on his trips, addresses and articles, a memoir about his sister Anna, and documents reflecting his public career. Also contains the following: a few journals of other family members; miscellaneous pamphlets and clippings; 57 letters and other documents from the American colonial period related to the French and Indian War, the American Revolutionary War, and Shays' Rebellion. Correspondents represented in the latter group include governors of the colony and commonwealth of Massachusetts, military leaders, and other public figures both British and American.
Biographical / Historical
Bigelow was secretary of state of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and mayor of Boston from 1849 to 1851.
John P. Bigelow papers: arranged alphabetically by author. Bigelow family papers: arranged chronologically.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Prescott Bigelow; received: 1927.
- Bigelow, John P. (John Prescott), 1797-1872. John P. Bigelow and Bigelow family papers, 1805-1896: Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
- Language of description
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