Joel Barlow papers
Correspondence, diaries, and literary manuscripts of American poet and statesman Joel Barlow.
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.
Extent3 linear feet (7 volumes and 6 boxes)
Letter books, diaries, account book, notebooks, memoranda, literary manuscripts, and correspondence reflecting Barlow's diverse activities in literature, diplomacy, politics, and business. Includes papers relating to Barlow's mission to Algiers. Among the literary manuscripts are a preliminary sketch of the Vision of Columbus, and rough drafts and revisions of The Columbiad. Correspondence includes over 300 letters from Barlow to his wife, Ruth Baldwin Barlow, and letters to and from Robert Fulton and Noah Webster. Also included are clippings and notes concerning Barlow collected by Lemuel G. Olmstead and S. L. M. Barlow II.
Biographical / Historical
Barlow was an American poet and statesman. He served as American consul in Algiers and as Minister to France (1811-1812).
Arranged into the following series:
- I. Letter books, diaries, and notebooks
- II. Literary manuscripts
- III. Letters from Joel Barlow
- IV. Letters to Joel Barlow
- V. Letters to and from others
- VI. Other papers
- ___A. Mission to Algiers
- ___B. Other business and legal papers
- ___C. Miscellaneous papers and documents
- VII. Materials collected by Lemuel G. Olmstead and S. L. M. Barlow II
Immediate Source of Acquisition
56M-52. Part gift of and part purchased with the Amy Lowell fund from S. L. M. Barlow, New York, New York; received: 1956 October.
Reformatted by: Bonnie B. Salt, 2015
- Barlow, Joel, 1754-1812. Joel Barlow papers, 1775-1935: Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
- Language of description
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