Henry L. Abbot papers
Papers of American military engineer Henry L. Abbot, together with papers of other family members.
Language of Materials
Collection materials are in English.
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Extent10.25 linear feet (21 boxes and 1 portfolio)
Papers of Henry Larcom Abbot, together with papers of other family members. Abbot's papers include diaries, 1856-1919 (1896 lacking), correspondence, reports, essays, maps, and photographs relating to survey work in Oregon in the 1850's, flood control work on the Mississippi River, Civil War service as an engineer and head of the 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery, torpedo experiments, and work on coastal defenses. Additional family papers consist of two boxes of sermons, 1797-1827, of Abiel Abbot, minister of the First Church in Beverly, Mass., and grandfather of Henry Larcom Abbot's wife; six boxes of sermons, 1819-1830, of Stevens Everett, minister in Hallowell, Me., and father of Henry Larcom Abbot's wife; and one box of letters, 1792-1900, chiefly to William Ebenezer Abbot, a son of Abiel Abbot and also a Unitarian minister.
Collection also includes reproductions of documents and information from libraries, databases, and clippings created later.
Biographical / Historical
Henry Larcom Abbot (1831-1927) was a military engineer who graduated from West Point in 1854 and served in the United States Army until 1895.
Organized into the following series:
- I. MS Am 1447: Henry Larcom Abbot personal papers
- II. MS Am 1447.1-1447.2: Miscellaneous sermons
- III. MS Am 1447.3: Letters to the Abbot family
- IV. Additions to collection
b, pf, Harvard Depository
Immediate Source of Acquisition
55M-261-264. Deposited by Marion B. Abbot, Elinor R. Abbot, and Henry Dehon Abbot; received: 1955.
2021M-15. Gift of Quincy S. Abbot, 2020 November.
- Abbot, Henry L. Henry L. Abbot papers, 1792-1931 (MS Am 1447-1447.3): Guide.
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