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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1175-1175.8

Curson family papers


Papers of the Curson family of Massachusetts, ancestors of the American writer, John Phillips Marquand.


  • Creation: 1730-1918
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1770-1850

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English and Spanish.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


3.5 linear feet (7 boxes and 3 volumes )

Contains correspondence of Curson (sometimes spelled Curzon), Searle, and Atkins family members, including Samuel Curson; his mother, Elizabeth Burling Whittell; his wife, Margaret Searle Curson; and their daughters, Elizabeth Curson Hoxie, Mary Russell Curson, and Margaret Searle Curson Marquand. Also includes journals of Samuel Curson, Mary Russell Curson, and Margaret Searle Curson. Samuel Curson's journals and other writings, 1799-1832, relate to his travels as a mercantile agent in Europe, South America, and the Caribbean.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. bMS Am 1175: Correspondence
  2. II. bMS Am 1175.1: Journals of Margaret Curson
  3. III. bMs Am 1175.2-1175.3: Various journals
  4. IV. bMS Am 1175.4: Journals of Samuel Curson
  5. V. MS Am 1175.5: Samuel Curson commonplace book
  6. VI. bMS Am 1175.6: Other papers of Samuel Curson
  7. VII. bMS Am 1175.7-1175.8: Miscellaneous

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

49M-218, 49M-219, 49M-220, 49M-221, 49M-222, 49M-223, 49M-224, 49M-225, 49M-226. Gift of John Phillips Marquand, Esq., 115 East 77th Street, New York, New York; received: 1949.

Curson family. Curson family papers, 1730-1918: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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