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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1898

F. B. Sanborn and William Ellery Channing papers


Letters to the American writer and philanthropist F.B. Sanborn, as well as compositions by him. Also contains correspondence and compositions of the American writer William Ellery Channing.


  • 1834-1917

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)
Consists of letters to Sanborn from various correspondents. Letters from William Ellery Channing concern Channing's biography of Henry Thoreau and letters from Thomas Wentworth Higginson concern raising funds for the aid of self-liberated formerly enslaved people in Kansas. Additionally, there are letters from Sanborn to various family members as well as poems and other compositions by Sanborn.

Biographical / Historical

Sanborn was an author, journalist, and philanthropist of Concord, Mass. He was an ardent abolitionist and champion of reforms in charity work, prisons, and insane asylums. William Ellery Channing (1817-1901) was a poet and the first biographer of Henry David Thoreau. In his will, Channing left his papers to Sanborn.


Organized into the following series:
  1. I. Letters to Franklin Benjamin Sanborn
  2. II. Other letters
  3. III. Compositions

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*74M-10. Purchased with the H. S. Howe fund and the P. D. Howe fund; received: 1974.
Sanborn, F. B. (Franklin Benjamin), 1831-1917. F. B. Sanborn and William Ellery Channing papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

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