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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2736

Park Carpenter research papers concerning the Dominican Republic


Correspondence, autograph manuscript notes, and clippings concerning the Dominican Republic, assembled by Harvard University graduate student Park Carpenter.


  • Creation: 1869-1916

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

All materials concern the affairs of what is now the Dominican Republic, located on part of the island of Hispaniola, in the Caribbean region. Materials were assembled by Harvard University graduate student Park Carpenter, possibly for Carpenter's Harvard AM dissertation in history in 1917. Subjects in the materials span from ca.1844-1874, and primarily relate to the history of relations between the United States and the Dominican region, especially concerning the movement for the United States to annex the area.

Collection includes: typescript letters sent to Carpenter from various persons in response to his research inquiries to them; 1 letter from Carpenter; 5 autograph manuscript notebooks containing mostly chronologically arranged notes on the history of the Dominican area; and newsclippings from ca. 1869-1873. Carpenter appears to have been soliciting information from others concerning various persons involved in the annexation movement, especially information on William Leslie Cazneau, Senator Cornelius Cole, and many others who were prominent in Dominican affairs from 1844-1871. Some letters mention Harvard Professor Frederick Jackson Turner as a reference.

Biographical / Historical

Park Carpenter (1890-1967) was born in Northfield, Minnesota on May 5, 1890, the son of Clarence P. Carpenter and Lulu Mcelruth Carpenter. Carpenter earned an AM at Harvard College in 1917 and his LLB in 1922. He died in Plymouth, Massachusetts in August of 1967.


Arranged into the following series:

  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Notes and clippings

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Gift to the Harvard College Library from Park Carpenter, through the Harvard Commission on Western History; received: 1916. Recataloged from SA 2305.3*

General note

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Carpenter, Park. Park Carpenter research papers concerning the Dominican Republic,1869-1916: Guide.
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