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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Sparks 153

Jared Sparks letterbooks

Overview

Jared Spark's letterbooks.

Dates

  • 1789-1866

Creator

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Extent

18 linear feet (41 boxes)

Contains mostly original letters to Jared Sparks.

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

The collection is arranged alphabetically.

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

The larger collection of Jared Sparks personal papers (MS Sparks 106-162) has a separate finding aid.

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

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.

Bibliography

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).

General note

  1. 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.

The Jared Sparks letterbooks (MS Sparks 153) is described in detailed index in this 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.

Title
Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866. Jared Sparks letterbooks, 1789-1866: Guide.
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Language of description
und
EAD ID
hou02772

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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