Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
A portion of 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.
9.8 linear feet (27 boxes)
Biographical / Historical
Notable family members include Ezra Ripley (1751-1841, Harvard A.M. 1776, D.D. 1816) minister in Concord, MA and the first of his family to live in the Old Manse. Ezra married Phebe Bliss (Emerson) Ripley, widow of William Emerson. Samuel Ripley (1783-1847, Harvard A.M. 1804) son of Ezra and Phebe, was a minister in Waltham, MA and married Sarah Alden (Bradford) Ripley (1793-1867), daughter of Gamaliel Bradford (1763-1824). Mary E. Ripley Simmons (1820-1907), daughter of Samuel and Sarah, married George Frederick Simmons (1814-1855, Harvard A.M. 1832). Sophia Bradford Ripley Thayer (1833-1914) daughter of Samuel and Sarah married James Bradley Thayer (1831-1902, Harvard A.M. 1852, LL.B. 1856, LL.D. 1894) lawyer and law professor at Harvard Law School. Ezra Ripley Thayer (1866-1915, Harvard A.B 1888, LL.B. 1891) son of Sarah and James was a lawyer as well as professor and dean of Harvard Law School. Ezra married Ethel Randolph Clark. Sarah Ripley Thayer Ames (1874-1939) daughter of Sophia and James, married John Worthington Ames (1871-1954, Harvard A.B. 1892) son of Margaret Plumley Ames and John Worthington Ames.
- I. Correspondence
- I.A. General correspondence
- I.B. Correspondence removed from William Sydney Thayer album
- II. Family papers
- II.A. Ripley Family
- II.B. Thayer Family
- II.C. Ames Family
- II.D. Simmons Family
- II.E. Related persons
- III. Materials related to the Old Manse
- IV. Photographs
- IV.A. Individuals
- IV.B. Groups
- IV.C. Places
Collection temporarily housed in MS holding aisle P5 awaiting end-processing
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Ripley and Thayer families papers, 1759-1964 (MS Am 3068): Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
- Description rules
- EAD ID
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