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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 801.2

John P. Bigelow papers,

Letters, diaries, and papers of American politician John P. (John Prescott) Bigelow.


  • 1805-1896 (inclusive) 1814-1863 (bulk).

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1 collection (9 boxes (4 linear ft.))

The collection, which consists primarily of letters to Bigelow, is both personal and professional in nature, covering his family life and law 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 a few journals of other family members and miscellaneous pamphlets and clippings.

Biographical / Historical

Bigelow was secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and then mayor of Boston.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Prescott Bigelow; received: 1927.
Bigelow, John P. (John Prescott), 1797-1872. John P. Bigelow papers, 1805-1896: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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