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Harvard University Cambridge, MA 02138

http://hcl.harvard.edu/libraries/houghton/

Description:

Houghton is the primary repository for Harvard's rare books and manuscripts. The wealth of primary source material is managed by an expert staff and augmented by exhibitions, lectures, seminars, publications and courses.

http://library.harvard.edu/hou

Categories: Martin Van Buren, William Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, James Buchanan, Ulysses S. Grant, William Taft,

Collections:
League to Enforce Pease (U.S.) Records, 1912-1923
Election statistics : manuscript, [after 1840]. Palfrey, John Gorham, 1796-1881.
Autograph file, T, 1580-1975
Dorothea Lynde Dix papers, 1798-1893
Buchanan’s administration. Political pamphlets. : Pamphlet vol.
Clippings concerning Charles Sumner and President U.S. Grant : album, 1877-1878.
Petition to President Ulysses S. Grant for the unconditional pardon of Cyrus W. Plummer
Roland William Boyden Papers, 1917-1947

Note that this is an incomplete collections list. Please contact the organization directly for the most current information about their holdings.


League to Enforce Pease (U.S.) Records, 1912-1923

League to Enforce Peace (U.S.) Records, ca. 1912-1921.
Collection of official minutes of meetings, reports, clippings, resolutions from each state in the Union, publicity notices, financial department form letters, publications, and other memoranda regarding the league.
Includes correspondence with prominent individuals in the peace movement, especially with US legislators (both state and federal) and foreign peace organizations. Also includes some documents concerning and addressed to the New York Peace Society.
League to Enforce Peace (U.S.) [LEP] was founded in New York City in 1914 by wealthy citizens alarmed at the outbreak of WWI. Its purpose was to work in the U.S. to establish an international organization to ensure world peace. The League's secretary was William H. Short; it's president, former U.S. President William Howard Taft. The League did not associate itself with pacifist opposition to WWI. With the establishment of the League of Nations, the LEP took upon itself organizing political and grassroot support for the association of the U.S. with the League of Nations. The LEP was moribund after the elections of 1920 and ceased to exist in 1923.

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/612674127

 

League to Enforce Peace (U.S.) additional records, 1917-1923 and undated.
Includes correspondence, clippings, interviews, memoranda, and minutes.
Topics documented include: finances, relations with individual members, actions of LEP president, organizational decisions, national conferences, relations with sympathizing foreign organizations, and LEP campaigns.

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/612221697

Size
18.3 linear ft

Presidential content includes:

- William Taft

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Election statistics : manuscript, [after 1840]. Palfrey, John Gorham, 1796-1881.

1 v. (7 leaves) ; 26 cm.
Written in an unidentified hand.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Authorship ascribed by donor.
Bound in quarter cloth with marbled paper boards.
Statistics for Massachusetts for the 1840 Van Buren/Harrison presidential election, listing total population and voting results, categorized by county and electoral districts.
MS Am 653. Houghton Library, Harvard University.

 

OCLC Permalink: http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/612792213
 

Size
1 volume

Presidential content includes:

- William Harrison

- Martin Van Buren

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Autograph file, T, 1580-1975

8 boxes (4 linear ft.)
The Autograph File is a collection of items received singly or in small groups from various sources at various times, and autograph collections, such as that of Evert J. Wendell, which were not kept together as a distinct collection. Items in this portion of the Autograph File include letters from William Howard Taft, Zachary Taylor, Alfred Lord Tennyson, William Makepeace Thackeray, Celia Laighton Thaxter, Henry David Thoreau, Leo Tolstoy, Ivan Turgenev, and John Tyler.
Autograph file, T. Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Electronic finding aid available: http://oasis.lib.harvard.edu//oasis/deliver/deepLink?_collection=oasis&uniqueId=hou01443

 

Tyler, John, pres.U.S., 1790-1862. A.L.s. to [ ] Campbell; Sherwood Forest, Va., 14 Mar 1849. 1s.(1p.)
Acquisition Information: *42M-2045. Estate of Samuel Henshaw, June 1943.

Tyler, John, pres. U.S., 1790-1862 A.L.s. to M. Colderosa de la Basca; Sherwood Forest, 13 Oct 1851. 1s. (4p.)
Acquisition Information: Simes Collection, no date.

Tyler, John, pres. U.S., 1790-1862 A.L.s. to Manning Ferguson Force; Washington, 17 Feb 1843. 1s. (1p.)
Acquisition Information: Norton collection, no date.

Tyler, John, pres.U.S., 1790-1862. A.L.s. to Robert Tyler; Sherwood Forest, 21 Apr 1846. 1s.(4p.)
Concerns Tyler's administration of the Secret Service fund.
Acquisition Information: *53M-162. Gift of James N. B. Hill, June 1954.

Tyler, John, pres. U.S., 1790-1862. A.L.s.to Robert Tyler; 25 Jul 1856. 1s. 1s.(3p.)
Acquisition Information: *45M-181. Gift of James Freeman Clarke, February 1946.

Tyler, John, pres. U.S., 1790-1862 A.L.s. to [ ]; [n.p.,n.d.] 1s. (2p.)
Acquisition Information: Bequest of E.J. Wendell, 1918.

Tyler, John, pres. U.S., 1790-1862 Printed D.s.; [Washington], 21 Oct 1845. 1s. (2p.)
Also signed by John Caldwell Calhoun.
Granting safe passage to the ship Saratoga.
Acquisition Information: Simes collection, no date.

Tyler, J. Autograph
Acquisition Information: From the bequest of Col. Charles Livermore

 

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/83565062

Size
8 boxes

Presidential content includes:

- William Taft

- John Tyler

- Zachary Taylor

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Dorothea Lynde Dix papers, 1798-1893

29 boxes (9.5 linear ft.)
Recataloged from MS Am 800.24; a portion recat. from MS Am 59.2.
Collection is open for research use. MH-H
The bulk of the collection is correspondence, much of it pertaining to Dix's work with the mentally ill. Includes letters from superintendents of hospitals for the insane: 134 from Dr. John Curwen at the Pennsylvania State Lunatic Asylum in Harrisburg, 129 from Dr. Charles H. Nichols at the Government Hospital for the Insane (now St. Elizabeths) in Washington, D.C., and 124 from Richard S. Fellowes in New Haven, Conn., as well as 69 letters from U.S. president Millard Fillmore, and letters of thanks from states, institutions, and relatives of the mentally ill. Also contains Dix's correspondence with friends in the U.S. and Great Britain; third party correspondence relating to Dix's career or discussing her after her death; reports and notes on hospitals and prisons; documents to establish asylums, regulate prisons, or authorize Dix to organize military hospitals; military passes; notebooks Dix kept with hymns, sermons, and passages from the Bible; one diary, 1857; poems; address books; financial and genealogical papers; wills;portraits; daguerreotypes; biographical material; puzzles; printed material; clippings; and memorabilia.
Dorothea Lynde Dix Papers (MS Am 1838). Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Dix was a humanitarian crusader for the mentally ill. She investigated the conditions of the hospitalized insane in many U.S. states and some European countries, and petitioned state and national legislatures for reforms. She was also superintendent of army nurses during the Civil War.
Electronic finding aid available http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:FHCL.Hough:hou00078
Unpublished finding aid available in the Houghton Reading Room reference collection.
 

 

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/612366562

Size
29 boxes

Presidential content includes:

- Millard Fillmore

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Buchanan’s administration. Political pamphlets. : Pamphlet vol.

49 pieces in 1 v.

Size
49 pieces

Presidential content includes:

- James Buchanan

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Clippings concerning Charles Sumner and President U.S. Grant : album, 1877-1878.

1 v. (69 p.) ; 28 cm. + 9 leaves sewn in.
Clippings from newspapers, and one journal article, dated June 1877-February 1878.
Includes a separate autograph manuscript "Article in reply to volume by J.C.B. Davis on 'Mr. Fish and the Alabama Claims'" by Edward L. Pierce (9 leaves written on the rectos only), in a separate folder sewn into the volume.
Title supplied by cataloger.
MS Am 1.29. Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Supporters of President Grant removed Sumner as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Senate in 1871. Edward L. Pierce defended the reputation of Sumner after this episode became a matter of fresh historical controversy in 1877. Others involved in the controversy were Lothrop Motley, John Jay, and Hamilton Fish.
ArchiveGrid: http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/612815430

Size
1 item

Presidential content includes:

- Ulysses S. Grant

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Petition to President Ulysses S. Grant for the unconditional pardon of Cyrus W. Plummer

1 v. (25 leaves) ; 20 cm.
Permission to publish is required.
ArchiveGrid: http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/235928458

Size
1 item

Presidential content includes:

- Ulysses S. Grant

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Roland William Boyden Papers, 1917-1947

Roland William Boyden (1863-1931), lawyer and statesman. He received an A.B. degree from Harvard College in 1885, and an L.L.B. from Harvard Law School in 1888. He maintained numerous Harvard University connections over the years, including chairman of the Board of Directors of the Harvard-Yenching Institute and a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers from 1924-1930.
In November of 1917, President Herbert Hoover chose Boyden to head the legal enforcement division of the United States Food Administration. After the armistice of World War I, Boyden took charge of the work of the American Relief Administration. In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson appointed him to represent the United States unofficially at the meetings of the Reparations Commission, and was later reappointed by President Warren Harding. Boyden entered especially controversial territory when in January of 1923, he suggested that the German default in reparation payments had essentially been guaranteed by the provisions of the Versailles Treaty. He proposed to the commission that the reparations agreement be redrawn and the U.S. Senate consequently demanded his recall. He was not officially recalled, but nevertheless resigned the position a few months later and returned to the practice of law in Boston with the law firm of Ropes, Gray, Boyden & Perkins.

Papers cover the time period from 1917-1923 when Boyden was appointed to the positions first in Washington D.C. with the United States Food Administration, then at the American Relief Administration, and finally as unofficial United States representative to the meetings of the Reparations Commission in Paris and attendee at the World Financial Congress in Brussels in 1920. Letters to his family are especially expressive with personal comments, as well as packed with descriptive content and opinion concerning political, social, and economic issues concerning the United States and Europe for those years. Correspondence with others includes communiques and letters detailing official business of the United States State Department, as well as Boyden's personal opinions especially concerning difficulties with the League of Nations, the German economic crisis, and the negotiations of repayment of reparations from World War I. Beside correspondence, the volumes of bound material also include printed reports, clippings, and a few photographs. Recipients of his letters include family members such as Albert Boyden (his brother), Amy Lydia Hoag Boyden (his mother), Kate Foster Whitney Boyden (his wife), and others, as well as political and professional correspondents such as Charles J. Bullock, Sir John Bradbury, Calvin Coolidge, Ellis Loring Dresel, Charles E. Hughes, Herbert Hoover, Thomas W. Lamont, and many others. Each volume arrived paginated, containing a typescript subject index that highlighted the pages that contained important material. These loose pages were removed from the bound volumes and assembled into one index (see item (10)). Boyden's brother (and donor of papers) Albert Boyden, also added some autograph annotations to the volumes and to the index.
 

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Size
2 linear feet

Presidential content includes:

- Calvin Coolidge

- Herbert Hoover

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