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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1569

James Freeman Clarke correspondence

Letters written to Unitarian clergyman, author and reformer James Freeman Clarke and his family.


  • 1845-1872

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


3.5 linear feet (10 boxes)

Correspondence between James Freeman Clarke and his family members and others. Correspondents include Abraham F. Clarke, Anna Clarke, Sarah Freeman Clarke, William Hull Clarke, William Henry Channing, Ralph Waldo Emerson, James Thomas Fields, Annie (Adams) Fields, Edward Everett Hale, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, and John B. Willard.

Biographical / Historical

Clarke was a Unitarian clergyman, author, and reformer closely associated with the Transcendentalists. He was minister in Louisville, Ky. (1833-1840) and at the Church of the Disciples in Boston (1841-1850, 1854-1888). Clarke was editor of the Western Messenger (1836-1839). He was married in 1839 to Anna Huidekoper, daughter of Harm Jan Huidekoper, businessman, lay theologian, and founder of Meadville Theological Seminary.


Organized into the following series:
  1. I. Letters to the Freeman family
  2. II. Letters to others
  3. III. Letters from others
  4. IV. Letters from various persons to others
  5. V. Letters to and from Sarah Freeman Clarke
Please note that item number 353 was inadvertently omitted from this finding aid.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

58M-222. Deposited by James Freeman Clark, Boston, Massachusetts; received: 1946, gift: 1956-1967.
Clarke, James Freeman, 1810-1888. James Freeman Clarke correspondence, 1845-1872: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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