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Correspondence, diaries, financial accounts, photographs, etc., of seven prominent New England and Pennsylvanian families: Alger, Rodgers, Meigs, Taylor, Jackson, Price, and Hubbell.
Benjamin Peirce (1778-1831), a Harvard historian and librarian, was born in Salem, Massachusetts. He earned his AB from Harvard in 1801, and was a merchant and state legislator prior to his appointment as college librarian in 1826. This collection contains personal correspondence, student papers, political writings, and manuscripts, notes, and letters relating to Peirce's work on the history of Harvard University, dated 1787-1832.