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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1594.1

Phillips Brooks papers


Primarily correspondence of Episcopal clergyman Phillips Brooks with his family and others, as well as diaries, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, and photographs.


  • Creation: 1832-1892


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.


14.5 linear feet (29 boxes)

Primarily letters to Brooks from many various correspondents and long runs of letters between Brooks and his family. There is also correspondence of other Brooks family members. Also includes diaries, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, and photographs.

Biographical / Historical

Brooks was an Episcopal clergyman. He was rector of Trinity Church, Boston (1868-1893) and bishop of Massachusetts (1891-1893).


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Letters from Philips Brooks to his family
  2. II. Letters to Phillips Brooks from his family
  3. III. Other family letters
  4. IV. Letters to various correspondents
  5. V. Letters from various correspondents
  6. VI. Letters to William Gray Brooks
  7. VII. Other letters
  8. VIII. Other papers

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

59M-291. Deposited by Episcopal Diocesan Library, Joy Street Boston, Mass.; received: 1959 June.

Separated Materials

Additional sermons possibly from the same series can be found in MS Am 1593.

Brooks, Phillips, 1835-1893. Phillips Brooks papers, 1832-1892: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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