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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 511

American manuscripts

Miscellaneous documents and manuscripts concerning American history.


  • 1722-1907 and undated

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English; with some in French and Greek.

Conditions Governing Access

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


1 linear feet (2 boxes)

Contains a variety of manuscripts, including: accounts; land surveys; tax levies; town plans for Lunenburg, Vermont and Gilmanton, New Hampshire; a list of the publications of George Whitney; manuscripts concerning Jonathan Mayhew and Simeon Howard, ministers of the West Church, Boston; a survey record by Henry Harding; sermons; financial and legal documents; and many others.


Arranged alphabetically by author or title.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession numbers. Various donors, various dates. See items for additional information if known. These items were gathered into a collection by the Treasure Room of the Harvard College Library. The original shelf list entry titled them: "Miscellaneous unimportant MSS in box."

Separated Materials

These items were removed from this group of materials:
  1. Dr. Physick's Lectures; received 1842 July 19; offered to Harvard Medical School, 1938 October, 1 volume.
  2. James Johns item moved in November 1950 to MS Am 1195; Gift of Samuel A. Green, 1871.
  3. Francis Hopkinson signature to a writ, moved to Autograph file H, in 1927.
  4. John Worthington letter to William Ely, moved to Autograph file W, in 1927.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
Link to catalog
American manuscripts, 1722-1907: 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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