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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1583

E. B. Washburne autograph collection


Autographs of American and French historical figures collected by American politician and diplomat Elihu Benjamin Washburne.


  • Creation: 1766-1888

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)

Contains autographs letters from various American and French historical figures, including John Adams, John Quincy Adams, John Hancock, Pierre Menard, Pierre François Tissot, and George Washington. Also includes a letter from the Marquis de Lafayette to Thomas Jefferson and a letter from Thomas Jefferson to Ben Franklin, as well as documents concerning the French Revolution and the Paris Commune, among other items.

Biographical / Historical

Washburne was an American politician and diplomat.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Recataloged from X5.13F*. Gift of Mrs. Mary Washburne Fowler, and grandchildren Clarke, Gratiot, Hempstead, and Annette, in memory of Hon. Elihu B. Washburne; received: 1927 December 29.

Washburne, E. B. (Elihu Benjamin), 1816-1887, collector. E. B. Washburne autograph collection, 1766-1888: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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