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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1.67

Documents relating to Charles Sumner,

Letters and other documents relating to Charles Sumner, largely from Sumner's own archive of correspondence, but excluding original letters to and from him.


  • 1828-1912.

Language of Materials

Chiefly in English, with some items in French, Italian, and Spanish.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


1 collection (.8 linear feet (3 boxes))

This collection consists of documents that Charles Sumner filed with his own correspondence, including memorabilia of his European trips, letters of introduction carried by him, letters from other Sumner family members and friends. Correspondents include: Charles Francis Adams, Louis Agassiz, Nathaniel Bowditch, Lord Brougham and Vaux, Salmon P. Chase, Gustave Paul Cluseret, Caleb Cushing, Richard Henry Dana, Edward Everett, C. C. Felton, J. C. Fremont, S. G. Howe, Reverdy Johnson, Theodore Parker, George Palmer Putnam, George Sand, and Joseph Story. Authors of compositions include George Earl of Carlisle and John Greenleaf Whittier.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Sumner (1811-1874) was a Republican senator from Massachusetts and a principal figure in the anti-slavery movement.


Arranged in the following series:
  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Other manuscript documents
  3. III. Printed documents.
Items dated in square brackets are datable by their chronological place in the original albums.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Gift of the family of Edward L. Pierce; received: 1897, with later additions from the same source.

Separated Materials

See MS Am 1 for the main collection of Sumner's correspondence.

A small number of compositions of Sumner (not letters) have been removed to MS Am 1.60 (Miscellaneous compositions of Charles Sumner).

Processing Information

Processed by: J. F. Coakley.

Most of these documents were part of Charles Sumner's archive of correspondence, which in his lifetime filled 170 albums. At Harvard, these albums, which originally had call numbers MS Am 1 to MS Am 1.21, were disbound and the contents rearranged to create the collection MS Am 1 ("Charles Sumner correspondence"). The present collection consists of documents excluded from MS Am 1 as being not original letters to or from Sumner, and a few similar documents received later from the E. L. Pierce family.
Link to catalog
Documents relating to Charles Sumner, 1828-1912: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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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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