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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1987

Andrew Bigelow papers


Primarily family correspondence of the American clergyman and writer Andrew Bigelow.


  • Creation: 1817-1867


1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)

Chiefly correspondence between family members, especially Andrew Bigelow, his wife Amelia, his brothers John Prescott Bigelow and Francis Bigelow, his sisters Elizabeth Prescott Bigelow and Katherine Bigelow Lawrence, and his brother-in-law Abbott Lawrence. Includes discussions of family financial transactions. Also contains letters to Bigelow in his position as minister. These letters are from other clergymen suggesting swapping Sundays or particular pulpits, or accompany monetary contributions to the church.

Biographical / Historical

Bigelow was a Unitarian clergyman.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Letters to Andrew Bigelow
  2. II. Other letters

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition


Purchased with the P. D. Howe fund from F. Robichaud, 35 Main Street, Ayer, Massachusetts 01432; received: 1977 May 22.

Bigelow, Andrew, 1795-1877. Andrew Bigelow papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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