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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 980-986

William Jones Hoppin papers


Letters, records, diaires, and scrapbooks of European tours, and London residency of William J. Hoppin, first secretary of the American legation in London.


  • Creation: 1833-1890

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


4.66 linear feet (25 volumes)

Consists chiefly of letters, journals, theater programs, invitations, clippings, and other printed ephemera. Includes letters written from Europe to his parents, 1836-1837; records of tours in Europe, 1836-1837, 1867, 1870-1875; and records of Hoppins residency in London, 1876-1887. There are numerous letters from James Russell Lowell.

This material is all bound into volumes, and there is no complete descriptive finding aid for these volumes. Below are incomplete indexes to some of the volumes.

Biographical / Historical

Hoppin was a lawyer, diplomat and writer, who received a LL.B. degree from Harvard University in 1835. He became first secretary of the American legation in London, serving from 1876-1886 during the ministry of James Russell Lowell. He was also one of the founders of the Century Club of New York in 1846.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. MS Am 980: Flotsam and jetsam
  2. II. MS Am 981: Letters from Europe, 1836-1837.
  3. III. MS Am 982: Tour in Europe, 1836-1837
  4. IV. MS Am 983: Tour in Europe, 1867
  5. V. MS Am 984: Tours in Europe, 1870-1875
  6. VI. MS Am 985: Minutes
  7. VII. MS Am 986: Residence in London

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. John Jay Whitehead, Jr., New York, in memory of Joseph Clark Hoppin, Class of 1893; received: 1932 December 14.

Existence and Location of Copies

Negatives of images from volumes 18 and 22, created in 1965, are available on-site in a curatorial file.

Hoppin, William J. (William Jones), 1813-1895. William Jones Hoppin papers, 1833-1890: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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