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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1569.8

James Freeman Clarke additional papers


Includes letters and papers of Unitarian clergyman and author James Freeman Clarke.


  • 1806-1936

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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8.5 linear feet (17 boxes)

Chiefly letters to James Freeman Clarke from literary colleagues and family members. There is a small amount of letters written by Clarke and correspondence of members of the Clarke family with others. Also includes lectures, sermons and other compositions by Clarke and others as well as clippings.

Biographical / Historical

Clarke was a Unitarian clergyman, author, and reformer closely associated with the Transcendentalists. He was minister in Louisville, Ky. (1833-1840) and at the Church of the Disciples in Boston (1841-1850, 1854-1888). Clarke was editor of the Western Messenger (1836-1839). He was married in 1839 to Anna Huidekoper, daughter of Harm Jan Huidekoper, businessman, lay theologian, and founder of Meadville Theological Seminary.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Letters to James Freeman Clarke
  2. II. Letters written by James Freeman Clarke
  3. III. Letters written by various correspondents
  4. IV. Manuscripts of James Freeman Clarke
  5. V. Other manuscripts
  6. VI. Newspaper clippings

Please note that item numbers 222 and 44 were inadvertently omitted from this finding aid.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

66M-99. Deposited by Mr. Eliot C. Clarke, 1150 Fifth Avenue New York, New York; received: 1966 October; Gift, 1968.

Clarke, James Freeman, 1810-1888. James Freeman Clarke additional papers, 1806-1936: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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