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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Sparks 106-162

Jared Sparks personal papers

Jared Spark's personal papers.

Dates

  • 1808-1866

Language of Materials

Materials are in English,

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Extent

50 linear feet (86 volumes, 57 boxes, 11 envelopes, 3 cases, 2 folders)

The Jared Sparks papers contain Spark's historical essays and compositions, published articles, letter books, diaries, account books related to his college days, professional research, and his tenure as College president.

Biographical / Historical

Jared Sparks (Harvard, AB 1815, AM 1818) was an American historian and editor, the McClean Professor of Ancient and Modern History at Harvard University (1839-1849), and its president (1849-1853).

Arrangement

Arranged into the following series:
  1. Series I: Correspondence
  2. Subseries I.A: Outgoing
  3. Subsubseries I.A.1: Letter books
  4. Subsubseries I.A.2: Copies of letters sent
  5. Subsubseries I.A.3: Letters to Ansel Young
  6. Subseries I.B: Record of Letters Sent
  7. Subseries I.C: Miscellaneous Letters and Papers
  8. Series II: Compositions and Works
  9. Subseries II.A. Lives of
  10. Subseries II.B. Articles, Reports, and Essays
  11. Series III: Research
  12. Series IV: Harvard College
  13. Series V: Business and Financial
  14. Series VI: Material about Jared Sparks
  15. Series VII: Personal and Miscellaneous
  16. Subseries VII.A: Journals and Diaries
  17. Subseries VII.B: Commonplace Books
  18. Subseries VII.C: Diplomas
  19. Subseries VII.D: Maps
  20. Subseries VII.E: Translations

Physical Location

b, f

Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Bequest of Jared Sparks; received: 1866 July 2.

Under his will, the manuscripts passed to his son, William Eliot Sparks (d. Sept. 1886), with a conditional reversion to Harvard University. However, on 2 July 1866, the Harvard College Library received the manuscripts in advance of the deaths of the legatees.

Related Materials

Each MS Sparks call number from 1-105 has a separate finding aid.

The Jared Sparks letterbooks (MS Sparks 153) has a separate finding aid. Provided in this finding aid is a rough box level description.

Additional letters and papers of Jared Sparks are found in the Harvard University Archives, UAI15.886, UAI15.886.3, UAI15.886.10, UAI15.886.x, and HUA 734.

For the most complete general description of the Sparks collection, see: Justin Winsor, Calendar of the Sparks manuscripts in Harvard College Library, with an appendix showing other manuscripts (Library of Harvard University Bibliographical Contributions, no. 22) (Cambridge: Library of Harvard University, 1889). See also: Catalogue of the library of Jared Sparks: with a list of the historical manuscripts collected by him and now deposited in the library of Harvard University (Cambridge: Riverside Press, 1871).

Processing Information

A project was undertaken in 2016 to describe the various titles that comprise the Jared Sparks Collection of American Manuscripts (MS Sparks 1-105) with individual finding aids for each.

Similarly, the Jared Sparks Personal Papers (MS Sparks 106-162) have been described in a separate finding aid.

Sparks's original organization, in bound volumes has been retained. Prior to this finding aid, access to the collection was through an online index, printed and manuscript lists, and a card index.
Link to catalog
Title
Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866. Jared Sparks personal papers, 1808-1866: Guide.
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
EAD ID
hou02771

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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