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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1933

Sewall family papers


Correspondence and other papers of the Sewall family of Massachusetts and St. Paul, Minnesota.


  • 1777-1904

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Consists of correspondence between family members, mostly on personal matters: weddings, births, visits, and household moves, though the earliest letter predicts the British defeat in North America. Also contains two unidentified manuscripts relating to schools.

Biographical / Historical

The Sewalls in this collection lived in Massachusetts and Saint Paul, Minnesota.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*76M-38. Gift of Rada Dyson-Hudson, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853;received: 1976 November.

Sewall family. Sewall family papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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