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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1.60

Charles Sumner compositions

Compositions by Charles Sumner, chiefly speeches and speaking notes, and including quotations copied by him from books.


  • 1827-1872

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English, French, and Latin.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Miscellaneous compositions of Charles Sumner, including texts of speeches and speaking-notes, and other notes, chiefly quotations from his reading.

Biographical / Historical

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


Arranged in approximate chronological order. Undated items are at the end.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number; and 42M-565. Gift of the family of Edward L. Pierce; received: 1918 and at other dates.

Some items received in 1897 were recataloged from MS Am 1.50.

Related Materials

Correspondence with Sumner is a separate collection, MS Am 1.

Further quotations copied by Sumner are in his commonplace book, MS Am 1.50.

Processing Information

Processed by: J. F. Coakley.
Link to catalog
Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874. Charles Sumner compositions, 1827-1872: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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