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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1250

Temple, Nelson, Lloyd, Vassall, and Borland family papers


Papers of U.S. senator James Lloyd and others related to the Temple, Nelson, Lloyd, Vassall, and Borland families.


  • Creation: 1611-1862
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1700-1831

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.


5 linear feet (12 boxes and 1 folder)

Contains correspondence, legal documents, and other family papers of the related Temple, Nelson, Lloyd, Vassall, and Borland families of Massachusetts, Nova Scotia, and Jamaica, West Indies.Most of the collection consists of the correspondence of Senator James Lloyd with national figures, such as President John Adams, Marquis de Lafayette and Andrew Jackson, other political associates, and family members and friends. The correspondence of his father and grandfather, James and Henry Lloyd, concerns personal business and medical matters, mostly with family members. The letters to William Vassall pertain to his personal and business affairs. Collection also contains legal documents, genealogical data, clippings, membership diplomas, account books, and photographs. The legal documents are land claims, deeds, wills, contracts, and writs. Additional documents of the Temple and Nelson families are included in the collection.

Biographical / Historical

James Lloyd (1728-1810) was an obstetrician and surgeon in Boston, Mass.; James Lloyd (1769-1831) was a U.S. senator from Massachusetts from 1808 to 1814.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Addenda to the Temple-Nelson papers
  2. II. Legal documents
  3. III. Vassall correspondence
  4. IV. Correspondence of Henry and Dr. James Lloyd
  5. V. Correspondence of Senator James Lloyd
  6. VI. Letters from Senator Lloyd
  7. VII. Borland correspondence
  8. VIII. Membership diplomas
  9. IX. Genealogical data
  10. X. Newspaper clippings
  11. XI. Pictures
  12. XII. Deeds

Immediate Source of Acquisition

51M-225. Gift of Mrs. G. L. Batchelder Jr.,Gordon Abbott, and Mrs. Francis B. Lothrop; received: 1951.

Digitization Funding

Collections and items have been digitized with the generous support of The Polonsky Foundation.

Temple, Nelson, Lloyd, Vassall, and Borland family papers, 1611-1862: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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