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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1739

Charles Sumner miscellaneous papers


Papers of the American senator and abolitionist Charles Sumner.


  • Creation: 1833-1874

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 (1 box)

Letters from Charles Sumner to various correspondents. Also includes a few manuscripts of notes, speeches, and bills, as well as signatures.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Sumner was the U.S. Senator from Massachusetts for 23 years. He was a prominent abolitionist who was deeply involved in the legislation preceding the Civil War, as well as the Reconstruction process.


Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from various sources at various times.

Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874. Charles Sumner miscellaneous papers, 1833-1874: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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