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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1688

John Langdon Sibley letters to Levi Bartlett


Letters from the American biographer John Langdon Sibley to the American physician Levi Bartlett.


  • Creation: 1821-1823


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.08 linear feet (1 volume)

Includes twenty-six letters from Sibley to Levi Bartlett written during the first two years of Sibley's attendance at Harvard University as a student. Sibley writes concerning his health, finances, studies and examinations, professors, his work delivering messages for Harvard's President, his entrance into the United Fraternity, religion, and his work at the library creating a catalog. Also included is one letter from Bartlett to Sibley.

Biographical / Historical

Sibley was Harvard's librarian (1856-1877) and a biographer, best known for his Biographical Sketches of Graduates of Harvard University. Bartlett was a physician who held political office in New Hampshire.


Arranged chronologically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

62M-130. Purchased with the S. Norton fund from Frank L. Ball, 984 Memorial Drive, Cambridge Massachusetts; received: 1963 18 January.

Sibley, John Langdon, 1804-1885. John Langdon Sibley letters to Levi Bartlett, 1821-1823: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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