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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1929

Ruth Dexter Grew autograph collection


Letters and documents of American historical figures including letters and a passport of Aaron Burr and a list of prisoners made at Powles Hook.


  • Creation: 1761-1834

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)

Includes letters from Aaron Burr to Catharine Hawes, from Thomas Addis Emmet to Charles Smith, from Alexander Hamilton to John Bay, from William Jones to John Fisher, from Philip Milledge to John Fisher, from George Taylor to Archibald Stewart, and from John Woodside to Joseph Hardy, among other letters. Also includes a manuscript contract from Comfort, Sands, and Company; an autograph manuscript by Robert Fulton; a manuscript lease for Powles Hook ferry; a passport for Aaron C. Burr; and a list of prisoners made at Powles Hook, among other documents.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Letters
  2. II. Documents

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*75M-107. Gift of Mrs. Edward W. Grew, (Ruth Dexter Grew) 238 Marlborough St., Boston, Massaschusetts; received: 1949 March 3.

Grew, Ruth Dexter., collector. Ruth Dexter Grew autograph collection: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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