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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1054-1054.5

Edward Morris Davis papers


Primarily letters from prominent abolitionists concerning the anti-slavery movement to Philadelphia Quaker and director of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company Edward Morris Davis.


  • Creation: 1830-1941
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1837-1850

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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1 linear feet (2 boxes and 1 volume)

Consists primarily of letters to Davis from prominent abolitionists concerning the anti-slavery movement. Also contains some business and family correspondence, letters introducing Davis to European abolitionists, a poem by James Russell Lowell, a small amount of printed material, and daguerreotypes, 1845, of James Russell Lowell and Maria White Lowell.

Biographical / Historical

Davis, a Philadelphia Quaker, son-in-law of Lucretia Mott, and a director of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, was active in the American anti-slavery movement.


Arranged into the following series:

  1. MS Am 1054: Letters and compositions
  2. ___A. Letters to Edward Morris Davis
  3. ___ B. Other letters
  4. ___C. Compositions
  5. MS Am 1054.5: Daguerreotypes

Physical Location

b, GEN

Immediate Source of Acquisition

71M-116. Gift of Lucretia Mott (Mrs. F. S.) Churchill,granddaughter of E. M. Davis, Bass River, Massachusetts; received: 1941 March. 7.

Davis, Edward Morris, 1811-1887. Edward Morris Davis papers, 1830-1941: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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