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COLLECTION Identifier: A-103

Papers of the Alger family, 1809-1969


Correspondence, diaries, financial accounts, photographs, etc., of seven prominent New England and Pennsylvanian families: Alger, Rodgers, Meigs, Taylor, Jackson, Price, and Hubbell.


  • Creation: 1809-1969

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by the Alger family is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


1.88 linear feet (4+1/2 file boxes)

In Series I most of the papers come from Abby Langdon Alger, a sister of Louisa Taylor Alger, and Louisa Rodgers Alger, a daughter of Louisa T. Alger. In Series II, the papers of the Rodgers-Meigs-Taylor families have their connection in the family of Louisa Taylor Alger before she was married. These include some letters of Minerva Denison Rodgers, the wife of Commodore John Rodgers (1773-1838). Series III, written from 1809-1812, includes the papers of the Jackson-Price-Hubbell families, related to the Alger family through Mrs. Philip L. Alger (Catharine E. Jackson), a daughter-in-law of Louisa T. Alger and Philip R. Alger. Because the seven families are related by a number of different marriages to each other, the records have generally been organized according to their original families. For this reason, Louisa Taylor Alger's correspondence has been included with Series II, rather than with Series I.

The Alger Family Papers covers the period from 1809 to 1969 and includes correspondence, diaries, biographical sketches, financial accounts, newsclippings and photographs.


The Alger Family papers comprise the papers of seven prominent New England and Pennsylvanian families: Alger, Rodgers, Meigs, Taylor, Jackson, Price, and Hubbell. The papers have their base in the family of Louisa Taylor Alger (1866-1962) and Philip Rounseville Alger (1859-1912).


The collection is arranged in three series:

  1. Series I. Alger family, 1870-1969
  2. Series II. Rodgers, Meigs, Taylor families, 1809-1957
  3. Series III Jackson, Price, Hubbell families, 1863-1943

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 54-59, 57-104, 120, 214, 267, 288, 341, 358, 435, 457, 633, 639, 656, 658, 662, 895, 941, 1014, 1207, 1303, 1390, 1404, 1531, 1539

The papers of the Alger Family were deposited with the Schlesinger Library from 1954 to 1968 by Louisa Rodgers Alger and Catharine E. Jackson (Mrs. Philip L. Alger).

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library. See Alger family Additional papers, ca.1850-1980 (1632--80-M189), Alger family Additional papers, 1809-1993 (MC 829), and Alger family Additional papers, 1809-1984 (84-M102).


  1. Box 1: Folders 1-9, 12; Vols. 1-3
  2. Box 2: Folders 13-24, 26-28; Vols. 4-5
  3. Box 3: Folders 29-52, Vol. 6
  4. Box 4: Folders 53-75; Vols. 7-8
  5. Box 5: Folders 76-82

Processing Information

Processed: January 1969


Alger family. Papers of the Alger family, 1809-1969: A Finding Aid
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