Jared Sparks personal papers
Jared Spark's personal papers.
- Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866 (Person)
Language of Materials
Materials are in English,
Conditions Governing Access
There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
Extent50 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).
Arranged into the following series:
- Series I: Correspondence
- Subseries I.A: Outgoing
- Subsubseries I.A.1: Letter books
- Subsubseries I.A.2: Copies of letters sent
- Subsubseries I.A.3: Letters to Ansel Young
- Subseries I.B: Record of Letters Sent
- Subseries I.C: Miscellaneous Letters and Papers
- Series II: Compositions and Works
- Subseries II.A. Lives of
- Subseries II.B. Articles, Reports, and Essays
- Series III: Research
- Series IV: Harvard College
- Series V: Business and Financial
- Series VI: Material about Jared Sparks
- Series VII: Personal and Miscellaneous
- Subseries VII.A: Journals and Diaries
- Subseries VII.B: Commonplace Books
- Subseries VII.C: Diplomas
- Subseries VII.D: Maps
- Subseries VII.E: Translations
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.
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.
- Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866. Jared Sparks personal papers, 1808-1866: Guide.
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