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Henry Bromfield Pearson papers

Call Number: MS 389

Scope and Contents

The Henry B. Pearson Papers consists mainly of correspondence dating from 1802 to 1875, the bulk of which was written to Henry Bromfield Pearson (1795-1867) by friends and relatives. An interesting exchange of letters between Henry and his father Eliphalet Pearson (1752-1826) deals with Henry's student days at Andover, Yale (which he entered as a member of the class of 1815 but left without receiving a degree), and Harvard and dates from 1804 to 1821. A general account of Henry's studies is given, and his financial problems and misconduct are discussed. There are also a number of letters from Henry to his sister, Margaret (Pearson) Blanchard. Approximately one hundred letters to Henry and his wife, Elizabeth McFarland, from relatives and friends dating down to the 1860s are addressed to Philadelphia, Boston, Harvard, and Skowhegan and Waterville, Maine.

There is a copy of a letter of 1802 written by Eliphalet Pearson to his sister, consoling her on the death of her daughter which is ofinterest, and a letter from Josiah Quincy (1772-1864) to Henry B. Pearson concerning Eliphalet Pearson. In addition, a set of accounts for the years 1846 to 1850 is included, as is a small amount of printed matter.

Correspondence and other materials relating to Henry Pearson and members of his family can also be found in the Bromfield Family Papers, Mss. Group No. 599, as can a genealogical chart.

This set of papers would be of value in a study of student life at Andover, Yale, and Harvard in the first two decades of the nineteenth century.


  • 1802-1875


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased in 1964.


0.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Chiefly letters written to Pearson by friends and relatives. Includes correspondence (1804-1821) between Pearson and his father, Eliphalet Pearson, dealing with Henry's student days at Andover, Yale, and Harvard; and letters from Pearson to his sister Margaret Blanchard.

Guide to the Henry Bromfield Pearson Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Staff of Manuscripts and Archives
August 1981
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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