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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 889.14, MS Am 889.15, MS Am 889.16

Charles Henry Brainard papers

Autograph album (1858-1884), a letter book (1855-1883), and a scrapbook of letters and autographs (1795-1857 and undated) of American print dealer, publisher, and historian, Charles Henry Brainard.


  • 1795-1884 and undated

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.5 linear feet (4 volumes)

Includes three volumes: an autograph album (1858-1884), a letter book (1855-1883), and a scrapbook of letters and autographs (1795-1857 and undated).

The autograph album (MS Am 889.14) contains autograph quotations or sentiments, signed, from Matilda Goddard, Jacqueline Pendleton, Rufus Dawes, S. E. Sewall, Thaddeus Hyatt (dated 3 Apr. 1860 at the Washington jail), Anna E. Dickinson, W. H. H. Murray, and others; with a photograph of Hyatt, signed, addressed to Brainard.

The letter book (MS Am 889.15) contains letters to Brainard written to Brainard from John Whittier, Charles Sumner, William Burleigh, Celia Burleigh, Rufus Dawes, George Ripley, and others; with a portrait print of Ripley.

The scrapbook (MS Am 889.16) contains letters, few to Brainard, and cut-out signatures from Noah Webster, Washington Allston, Jared Sparks, John Pierpont, and others. The autographs of Eliza Leslie, John Whittier, Thomas Read, Horace Greeley, and others are accompanied by portrait prints. A typescript list of autographs was inserted the front, now removed to separate folder.

Biographical / Historical

Brainard (1817-1885) was an historian, print dealer, and publisher as C.H. Brainard Publishing Co., in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1885 he wrote: John Howard Payne, a biographical sketch of the author of "Home , sweet home", ...


Arranged in call-number order:
  1. MS Am 889.14: Autograph album
  2. MS Am 889.15: Letter book
  3. MS Am 889.16: Scrapbook and index

Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Bequest of Evert Jansen Wendell; received: 1918.

Processing Information

Processed by: Alison Harris, Peter K. Steinberg, and Bonnie B. Salt
Link to catalog
Brainard, Charles Henry, 1817-1885. Charles Henry Brainard papers, 1795-1884 : Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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