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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 772

Willard family papers


Papers of Congregationalist minister and Harvard College president Joseph Willard and of his sons Augustus and Sidney.


  • 1797-1828

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.1 linear feet (1 envelope)
Consists of letters, a journal, eulogies, and a printed obituary.

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Willard (1738-1804) was a Congregational minister, scholar of ancient Greek, astronomy, and mathematics, and president of Harvard College (1781-1804). He had three sons, Augustus (1775-1799), Sidney (1780-1856), and Joseph (1761-1827), some of whose family and business activities are documented in the collection.


The constituent documents of this collection were glued by their edges to individual pages of bound notebooks or, in the case of Augustus Willard's journal, gathered together in a folder; contents descriptions were written on the covers. This was presumably done by the donor, a family member. The original arrangement has been preserved, viz.: notebook entitled "Letters of Augustus Willard", items (1)-(12); folder, "Journal of a voyage to the West Indies", item (13); notebook, "Funeral Address on Dr. John Clarke (H.C. 1774), item (14); notebook, "Letters from Sidney Willard (H.C. '98)", items (15)-(18).

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Gift of Miss Susanna Willard; received: 1916 April 18.

Digitization Funding

Collections and items have been digitized with the generous support of The Polonsky Foundation.

Processing Information

Processed by: Michael W. Austin
Link to catalog
Willard family. Willard family papers, 1797-1828 (MS Am 772): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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