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Abbott Memorial Collection

Correspondence, 1778-1928, n.d.
5.75 linear feet
Catalog Number: M1.1

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Consists mainly of correspondence (1800-1928, and undated) within the family. A large portion of the series is comprised of letters to or from Edward, Gorham, or Lyman Abbott. The series also contains correspondence on both the birthday and the death of Lyman Abbott and a volume of materials by and about Benjamin Vaughan. Organized by date. An unpublished chronological listing (item level) of Abbott correspondence, with an alphabetical index of correspondents, and a finding aid for the Vaughn volume are available in Special Collections.
Arrangement:Arranged chronologically
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Biographical records,
1716-1903, n.d.

1 linear foot
Catalog Number: M1.2

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Series Description:
Biographical records and clippings of the Abbott family, spanning the generations from as early as Abiel Abbot (1716-1739) to as late as Walter Abbott (1903-1905). Also included are Andover, Massachusetts church records, 1752-1755, which list the names of new parishioners and those who owed money to the church. Organized alphabetically.
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Documents, essays, ephemera, etc., 1743-1909, n.d.
0.5 linear feet
Catalog Number: M1.3

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Literary works of John S.C. Abbott, Eleanor Hallowell Abbott, and Jacob Abbott, miscellaneous ephemera and literary works, and Abbott deeds of land from 1743-1840. Jacob Abbott and John S.C. Abbott were both published in Harper's Magazine between 1852 and 1866; Eleanor Hallowell Abbott was published in Everybody's Magazine, 1908-1909. Organized alphabetically.
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Cyrus Hamlin: correspondence, 1828-77, n.d.
0.5 linear feet
Catalog Number: M1.4

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Compilation of Cyrus Hamlin's correspondence (1827-1877, and undated). Contains letters both to and from Hamlin, mostly within the family. The bulk of the correspondence is to Cyrus Hamlin's brother, Hannibal. Also contains researchers' past inquiries on Cyrus Hamlin. Organized by date. An unpublished listing of correspondence, arranged both chronologically and alphabetically, is available in Special Collections.
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Hannibal Hamlin: correspondence, manuscripts, etc., 1830-62, n.d.
0.25 linear feet
Catalog Number: M1.5

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Contains correspondence (1830-1860) to and from Hannibal Hamlin, mostly within the family. Also includes poems and hymns, clippings, and printed ephemera. A large portion of the correspondence is between Hannibal and Abigail Abbott. Includes a wedding poem and marriage vows written by Hannibal to Abigail. Organized by date. An unpublished listing of correspondence, arranged both chronologically and alphabetically, is available in Special Collections.
Arrangement:Chronological
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Jacob Abbott: essays, journals, manuscripts, etc., 1823-79, n.d.

Catalog Number: M1.6

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Primarily Jacob Abbott's manuscript writings, from fictional essays, such as his popular series of "Rollo" books for boys, to sermons. Also includes private journals, estate material, biographical, genealogical material, and miscellaneous ephemera. In addition, contains a letter book to Jacob from the members of the history class at Abbott's School in New York, 1845.
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Lyman Abbott: notebooks, journals, clippings, etc., 1859-1922, n.d.

Catalog Number: M1.7

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Mostly personal journals, notes for various articles, and notebooks of sermons by Lyman Abbott, along with travel journals kept by his wife, Abigail F.H. Abbott. Also includes a frontispiece for the book "Cone Cut Corners," hymns written by Lyman, Lowell Institute lectures, and a program with autographs titled "1877-1902, Lyman Abbott, The Outlook, Silver Anniversary." There are also clippings, and miscellaneous writings by other members of the Abbott family.
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Lyman Abbott autograph collection
3.75 linear feet.
Catalog Number: M1.8

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Letters, clipped signatures and other signed documents collected by, and many addressed to, Lyman and Edward Abbott. Most are written by 19th century American notables in many fields, including writers, politicians, educators, theologians, entertainers, civil rights leaders, and scientists. As editors of the Christian Union, later Outlook, and the Literary World, Lyman and Edward Abbott were in regular contact with these major figures; many of the letters are taken from that correspondence. The compiler's original indexes to the collection are contained in the first box.
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Gorham D. Abbott: journals, essays, documents, etc., 1830-73, n.d.

Catalog Number: M1.9

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Various Gorham Abbott materials, including political documents such as the U.S. Senate Resolution of 1867 and a book contract with the Mexican government, 1868. Also includes a journal, writings, and other materials, such as an "examination of the state of the Press in the United States."
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Edward Abbott: essays, scrapbooks, etc., 1860-1908, n.d.

Catalog Number: M1.10

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Mostly Edward Abbott's literary manuscripts, as well as scrapbooks dating from 1841 to 1908. Also includes his correspondence with Literary World, 1877-1903, plus undated [see also M1.11 for Literary World series], a memorial tribute to Edward Abbott, a sketchbook, a diary, and certificates.
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Literary World records

Catalog Number:M1.11

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Series Description: Tribute issues to Whittier, Emerson, Longfellow, Lowell, and Greenleaf. Finding aids for the Whittier, Emerson, Longfellow, and Lowell volumes are available in Special Collections.

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Images

Catalog Number: M1.12

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Series Description: Images of members of the Abbott family and family friends, as well as residences and churches of the Abbotts and the Abbott coats of arms and inscriptions.

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Realia
2.5 linear feet.
Catalog Number: M1.13

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Various items belonging to several Abbotts, including Hallowell fire buckets, a set of porcelain purchased in Paris by Jacob Abbott which belonged to Louis Phillipe, a crucifix in a wooden case, as well as pens, watches and wallets.
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