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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1910

Robert Gould Shaw letters to his family and other papers,

Letters and other papers of the American military commander Robert Gould Shaw.

Dates

  • 1852-1947 (inclusive) 1855-1863 (bulk).

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to original material is restricted. Entire collection has been digitized and readers must use digital surrogates.

Conditions Governing Use

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Extent

1 collection (2 boxes (1 linear ft.))

The bulk of the collection consists of letters by Robert Gould Shaw to his family, including 98 letters to his mother, 31 to his father, and some to his sisters and brothers-in-law. Most were written during the Civil War, though some to his parents are from his pre-soldier days when he traveled in Europe and was a student at Harvard. Also contains a memorial poem to Shaw by James Russell Lowell, correspondence and genealogical notes of the Barlow family (one of Shaw's sisters married Francis Channing Barlow), and a box of notes for a biography of Shaw by Louisa Barlow Jay.

Biographical / Historical

Shaw, of Massachusetts, was colonel of the first black regiment to serve with the Union Army during the Civil War. He and over half his regiment were killed in battle at Fort Wagner, South Carolina on July 18, 1863.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Location

b

Immediate Source of Acquisition

*74M-57. Gift of Mrs. Lloyd K. Garrison, Mrs. Alexander D. Harvey, Frances Jay, and Mrs. Lawrence Fox; received: 1975.

2013M-85. Purchased with funds from the Harmand Teplow Class of 1920 Book Fund and the Louis J. Appell Jr. Fund for Early American Literature and History; received: 2014 March 11.

2013M-102. Purchased with funds from the Louis J. Appell Jr. Fund for Early American Literature and History and the Harmand Teplow Class of 1920 Book Fund; received: 2014 May 6.
Title
Shaw, Robert Gould, 1837-1863. Robert Gould Shaw letters to his family and other papers: Guide.
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
EAD ID
hou00649

Repository Details

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