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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1446

Benedict Arnold papers


Papers of American major-general Benedict Arnold.


  • 1765-1886
  • Majority of material found in 1775-1806

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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.5 linear feet (1 box and 1 portfolio)
Contains correspondence, legal documents, and financial papers pertaining to the lives of Benedict Arnold, his second wife Margaret Shippen Arnold, their children, and her family. Includes army commands issued by Arnold and other American officers such as Ethan Allen; letters by and portraits of British officer John André; correspondence between the Arnold family in England and elsewhere and the Shippens and Burds in the U.S.; and wills and other documents concerning court cases and estates.

Biographical / Historical

Arnold was a major-general in the American Revolution.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

56M-54. Gift of Frances Loeb and John L. Loeb in memory of Greenough Fuller; received: 1956.
Arnold, Benedict, 1741-1801. Benedict Arnold papers, 1765-1886: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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