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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 1679

Autographs of British politicians


Autograph collection of 17th and 18th-century British politicians.


  • 1691-1788 and undated

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.


.25 linear feet (1 box)
Collection of autograph manuscript signatures of British politicians, cut from 17th and 18th-century British documents. Cuttings were pasted onto separate sheets of paper and labeled: No. 1 through No. 58. Each cut page has multiple signatures. Includes signatures of prime ministers, members of Parliament, and government officials, including George Grenville, Lord Frederick North, Henry Pelham, and Robert Walpole, among many others.

Collection also included typescript list, item (59). This list includes page references to each autograph, titles and positions held by these persons, and birth and death dates. Some sheets include dates and the compiler of this list has assumed that every signature on that page was signed on that date. These dates have been retained in cataloging below.


Arranged in order as received.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Found with: MS Storage 281. Collection materials assembled by Carolyn Jakeman.

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
Link to catalog
Autographs of British politicians, 1691-1788: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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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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