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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1753

Holmes family papers


Correspondence and manuscripts of the Holmes family of Massachusetts.


  • 1711-1938

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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2 linear feet (4 boxes)

Consists of correspondence of Edward Jackson Holmes and other members of the Holmes family, including Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., Abiel Holmes, and John Holmes. Includes 72 letters, 1886, accepting or declining invitation to a reception given in London by Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. and his daughter, Amelia Jackson Holmes Sargent. Also includes diary, 1886, of Amelia Jackson Holmes Sargent; diary, 1896, of Edward Jackson Holmes; address and engagement books, 1886, of Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.; manuscripts of writings by Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. and others; and Jacob Wendell's account book, 1748-1750, of the committee for rebuilding Boston Court House.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Letters to Edward Jackson Holmes
  2. II. Other correspondence
  3. III. Manuscripts

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

64M-202. Bequest of Mary Stacy Holmes; received: 1965.

Holmes family. Holmes family papers, 1711-1938 (MS Am 1753) : Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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