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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1979

Thaddeus Stevens papers


Correspondence concerning politics, legal affairs, and business well as other papers of the American politician Thaddeus Stevens.


  • Creation: 1835-1935
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1853-1872


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Contains correspondence of Thaddeus Stevens concerning politics, legal affairs, and his iron business; correspondence of his nephews, Thaddeus Stevens Jr. and Alanson J. Stevens, both soldiers in the Civil War; and some third party correspondence. Most of the letters by T. Stevens Sr. are to his nephews. Also includes accounts, photographs, printed material, and a few miscellaneous papers.

Biographical / Historical

Stevens was a lawyer, businessman, abolitionist, congressman from Pennsylvania, and a founder of the Republican Party.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Correspondence of Thaddeus Stevens
  2. II. Other correspondence
  3. III. Other manuscripts

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition


Gift of William A. McKibben, 258 Highland Street, Dedham, Massachusetts 02026; received: 1979 Apr. 4.

Stevens, Thaddeus, 1792-1868. Thaddeus Stevens papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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