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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1569.1

James Freeman Clarke additional papers


Sermons, compositions, journals, and student papers of the Unitarian clergyman and author James Freeman Clarke. Also includes some family papers.


  • 1717-1889

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


5.5 linear feet (17 boxes)
Includes autograph manuscript sermons preached by James Freeman Clarke in Louisville and elsewhere, papers from his student days at Harvard College, poems, short stories, sketches of Europe and New England, journals, scrapbooks, a commonplace book, etchings of Clarke, and other material.

Family papers include: autograph manuscript sermons by his step-grandfather James Freeman; diaries of his daughter Lillian Freeman Clarke; a scrapbook of photographs of his daughter Cora Huidekoper Clarke; various family letters mounted in a scrapbook regarding family news and financial matters; a Timothy Fuller letter book; and other items.

Biographical / Historical

James Freeman Clarke was a Unitarian clergyman, author, and reformer closely associated with the New England Transcendentalists. He was the son of Samuel C. Clarke and Rebecca Parker Hull Clarke. James was essentially raised by his step-grandfather, James Freeman (1759-1835). He received an AB from Harvard College in 1829 and a degree from the Harvard Divinity School in 1833. He was minister in Louisville, Kentucky (1833-1840) and at the Church of the Disciples in Boston (1841-1850, 1854-1888). Clarke was editor of the Western Messenger (1836-1839). In 1839 he married Anna Huidekoper Clarke (1814-1897), the daughter of Harm Jan Huidekoper, businessman, lay theologian, and founder of Meadville Theological Seminary.


Arranged into the following series:
  1. I. Sermons of James Freeman Clarke
  2. II. Sermons of James Freeman
  3. III. Compositions and other papers of James Freeman Clarke
  4. IV. Scrapbooks, journals, sketchbooks, financial records and other papers of James Freeman Clarke
  5. V. Family papers
[NOTE: During the 2015 recataloging, the order of materials was retained in roughly former call-number order].

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

58M-223, 58M-224, and 58M-225. Deposited by James Freeman Clarke; gift, 1956-1967.

Related Materials

See HOLLIS and OASIS for more J F Clarke material held by the Houghton Library and other repositories at Harvard.

Processing Information

Reprocessed by: Bonnie B. Salt, 2015

This collection was formerly split into 3 call-numbers (MS Am 1569.1; MS Am 1569.2; and MS Am 1569.3). These numbers were combined in 2015 into MS Am 1569.1.
Link to catalog
Clarke, James Freeman, 1810-1888. James Freeman Clarke additional papers, 1717-1889: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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