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Guide to the Jacob Harvey Family Papers
1811-1994
 MS 306

New-York Historical Society
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Collection processed by Anne Boissonnault

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on March 11, 2019
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Contents Note

The collection includes just under four linear feet of 19th century material, including correspondence, journals, and miscellaneous ephemera belonging to the Harvey family. The Harvey family papers are primarily concerned with life, society, and politics in the United States and Great Britain, the Society of Friends, and Jacob Harvey's business affairs and humanitarian efforts, as well as his political views and extensive travels.

Jacob Harvey engaged in brief correspondence with such prominent American politicians as Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, and Martin van Buren, among others, but he maintained a robust correspondence with several influential figures in Great Britain. Of particular interest are his ample correspondence with George William Frederick Howard, 7th Earl of Carlisle, T. Spring Rice, Baron Monteagle of Brandon, the Marquess of Lansdowne, and the Marquess of Sligo.

A significant portion of the collection consists of 20th century materials, including typescripts, an index, and research notes which were prepared and compiled by historians Claire and Daniel Feins. Although much of this material relates to the Harvey family papers, a significant portion of the Feinses research notes are concerned with the life and work of prominent 19th century physician, David Hosack.

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged first by format, opening with the typescripts and an index prepared by the Feinses circa 1950. This is followed by the 19th century Harvey family papers, and finally by research notes compiled by the Feinses between 1930 and 1960.