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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 3166

Lowell family papers

Contains personal papers of Augustus Lowell, his wife, Katherine Bigelow Lawrence Lowell, and their children. Also included are materials from various Lowell family members, including William Lowell Putnam, who died in the Civil War.


  • 1836-1928

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.
This collection 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.


2.5 linear feet (3 boxes)

The Lowell family papers contain correspondence, primarily personal in nature, between Augustus Lowell, his wife Katherine Bigelow Lawrence Lowell, and their children, including Percival Lowell. There are also various business materials from Augustus Lowell.

The collection also contains materials pertaining to William Lowell Putnam, a cousin to Augustus, who died in the Civil War. There are letters from him home to his mother as well as letters from his mother to various soldiers during the war.

Biographical / Historical

The Lowell family is one of the Boston Brahmin families of New England, known for both intellectual and commercial achievements. The Lowell family papers contain materials primarily from Augustus Lowell and his wife, Katherine Bigelow Lawrence.


The collection is arranged in four series:
  1. Augustus Lowell papers
  2. Katherine Bigelow Lawrence Lowell papers
  3. William Putnam Lowell papers
  4. Lowell family papers

Physical Location

Harvard Depository [in HTC reading room awaiting end processing]

Immediate Source of Acquisition

86M-101. Gift of Mrs. G. D'Andelot Belin, 1987.

Processing Information

Processed by Elizabeth Amos under the supervision of Adrien Hilton, 2017-2018.
Link to catalog
Lowell family. Lowell family papers, 1836-1928 (MS Am 3166): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
February 27, 2018
Description rules
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

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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