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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2009

Charles Edward Lester papers concerning Life and public services of Charles Sumner

Papers concerning the life and public services of American statesman Charles Sumner compiled by his biographer C. Edwards (Charles Edwards) Lester.


  • 1874 and undated

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.25 linear feet (1 box)

Includes a scrapbook compiled by Lester with revised proof sheets, draft fragments, and a history of his Life and services of Charles Sumner (1874), clippings and memorabilia of Sumner, and a letter to Lester from Edwin Hubbell Chapin. There are also photographs, an engraved portrait, and clippings concerning Sumner, as well as two autograph letters by Sumner.

Biographical / Historical

Sumner was a United States senator from Massachusetts (1851-1874), noted abolitionist, and graduate of Harvard Law School (1833); Lester was his biographer; Edwin Hubbell Chapin was a reverend in the Universalist Church.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*79M-52. Purchased with the H.S. Howe fund from Roger Butterfield, inc, White House, Hartwick, New York 13348; received: 1973 October.
Lester, C. Edwards (Charles Edwards), 1815-1890. Charles Edward Lester papers concerning Life and public services of Charles Sumner: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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