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SUB-SERIES Identifier: HUM 9

Almanacs of John and Hannah Winthrop, 1758-1779

Scope and Contents

This series contains twenty almanacs annotated and interleaved by John and Hannah Winthrop, as well as two pieces of paper containing one handwritten bill of mortality for 1759-1768 and a folded unruled diary page with entries for 1774 similar to those interleaved in the almanacs. The entries are sporadic and varied; Hannah typically used the almanacs to record household activities and account information such as amounts of "Island butter," whereas John tended to note the dates of vegetable planting and when the chimneys were fired. Many of the volumes have interleaved or laid-in pages where the Winthrops recorded notable household and community events such as disease epidemics, smallpox inoculations, events related to the Revolutionary War, and unusual weather phenomena. Almost all years have a bill of mortality and entries with individual baptisms and burials in the community.


  • 1758-1779

Researcher Access

The Papers of John and Hannah Winthrop are open for research.


.22 cubic feet (22 volumes)

Former call number

Formerly classified as HUG 1879.205 Diaries and notes of John Winthrop, 1743-1779

Repository Details

Part of the Harvard University Archives Repository

Holding nearly four centuries of materials, the Harvard University Archives is the principal repository for the institutional records of Harvard University and the personal archives of Harvard faculty, as well as collections related to students, alumni, Harvard-affiliates and other associated topics. The collections document the intellectual, cultural, administrative and social life of Harvard and the influence of the University as it emerged across the globe.

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