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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1169.2-1169.5

Wendell Phillips Garrison correspondence


Correspondence of Wendell Phillips Garrison, editor of The Nation, including correspondence with his brother Francis Jackson Garrison.


  • Creation: 1857-1907

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.


3 linear feet (7 boxes)

Chiefly correspondence between Wendell Phillips Garrison and Francis Jackson Garrison concerning the biography the brothers wrote about their father, William Lloyd Garrison, as well as personal topics. Also includes letters from Wendell Phillips Garrison to William Lloyd Garrison, William Everett, and Samuel May, as well as other Garrison family members, which refer to the abolition movement, the periodicals the Nation and the Liberator, and family matters. Some letters include newspaper clippings or pen and ink drawings. Collection also includes autograph manuscript lecture by Wendell Phillips Garrison concerning Thomas Bewick, the English engraver.

Biographical / Historical

Wendell Phillips Garrison was editor of The Nation. His brother Francis Jackson Garrison (1848-1916) was associated with Riverside Press and Houghton Mifflin Company.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. bMS Am 1169.2: Letters from Wendell Phillips Garrison to various correspondents
  2. II. bMS Am 1169.3: Wendell Phillips Garrison's lecture on Thomas Bewick
  3. III. bMS Am 1169.4: Letters from Wendell Phillips Garrison to Francis Jackson Garrison
  4. IV. bMS Am 1169.5: Letters from Francis Jackson Garrison to Wendell Phillips Garrison.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

49M-168 - 49M-178. Gift of Mrs. Alan Valentine, President's House, 22 Berkeley Street Rochester 3, New York; received: 1950 April 3.

Garrison, Wendell Phillips, 1840-1907. Wendell Phillips Garrison correspondence, 1857-1907: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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