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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1248-1248.3

James Parton correspondence and other papers


Correspondence of American author and biographer James Parton with family members, professional associates, and personal friends as well as financial accounts, photographs, genealogies, and printed material.


  • Creation: 1831-1891

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.


4 linear feet (8 boxes)

Correspondents include family members, professional associates such as publishers and researchers, and personal friends. Much of the professional correspondence concerns the biographies, articles, and speeches he wrote about political and literary figures, such as Aaron Burr and General Benjamin F. Butler, and his interest in copyright and other legal matters. Also includes correspondence of Ellen Willis Eldrege Parton and Ethel Parton. Finally there are Parton's financial accounts with publishers, photographs, genealogies, and printed material.

Biographical / Historical

Parton was an American author and biographer.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. MS Am 1248: Letters from James Parton
  2. II. MS Am 1248.1: Letters to James Parton
  3. III. MS Am 1248.2: Other letters
  4. IV. MS Am 1248.3: Other papers

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

51M-207. Gift of James Parton II, 230 West 41st Street New York 18, N.Y.; received: 1951 December 31.

Parton, James, 1822-1891. James Parton correspondence and other papers, 1831-1891: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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