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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1851

F. W. Bird papers

Papers of American antislavery leader, state legislator and paper manufacturer Francis William Bird, largely concerning the anti-slavery movement.


  • 1826-1924
  • Majority of material found in 1847-1889

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


2 linear feet (4 boxes)

The bulk of the collection is letters to Bird from his political colleagues in the Free-Soil and antislavery movements, about two thirds of them written before or during the Civil War. Also contains a few letters and manuscripts by Bird; a few letters to and manuscripts by his relatives; some correspondence between third parties; miscellaneous manuscripts; and printed material. Includes 65 letters to Bird from Daniel Alvord.

Biographical / Historical

Bird was an antislavery leader, state legislator, and paper manufacturer of East Walpole, Mass.


Organized into the following series:
  1. I. Letters by Francis William Bird
  2. II. Letters to Francis William Bird
  3. III. Other letters
  4. IV. Manuscripts
  5. V. Manuscripts by unidentified authors
  6. VI. Miscellaneous

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

67M-175. Gift of Charles Sumner Bird; received: 1958.
Bird, F. W. (Francis William), 1809-1894. F. W. Bird papers, 1826-1924: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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