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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1969

Edward William Hooper letters


Letters of Edward William Hooper, chiefly to his father and sisters, detailing his Civil War experiences in South Carolina.


  • Creation: 1862-1892
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1862-1865

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Letters of Edward William Hooper, chiefly to his father and sisters, detailing his experiences in the Civil War in South Carolina where he worked with the freedmen on the Sea Islands. Includes a manuscript, ca. 1892, on the governance of the Sea Islands during the Civil War.

Biographical / Historical

Hooper was treasurer of Harvard College (1876-1898). During the Civil War, he served as additional aide-de-camp on the staff of General Rufus Saxton, Department of the South, and on the staff of General John Adams Dix, Department of the East.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

51M-109-111. Presented in the memory of Edward William Hooper by his daughters: Mrs. John Briggs Potter, Mrs. Ward Thoron, Mrs. Greely Stevenson Curtis, and Mrs. Roger Sherman Warner; received: 1951and later years.

61M-76 and 61M-77. Gift of Mrs. Ward Thoron, 191 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston 16, Massachusetts; received: 1961 Summer.

Hooper, Edward William, 1839-1901. Edward William Hooper letters, 1862-1892: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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