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Harvey Harris Bloom papers

Call Number: MS 918

Scope and Contents

The papers of Harvey Harris Bloom consist of a journal, short writings, and a few letters. Included are fourteen letters written by Bloom to his brother John and three others to relatives and friends, between 1857 and 1862, while he was teaching at an academy in Millington, New Jersey, and then attending Yale College. The letters contain news of family and friends and describe social events, and contain advice to his brother about school and thoughts on God and nature. One letter to John (1860 Nov 7) concerns Lincoln's election; one to a cousin (1861 Apr 22) describes a massive Union rally in New York City.

The first volume of Bloom's journal covers the period August-December, 1853, while he was at school, and contains meditations on life, education, and friendship, as well as notes on Bloom's activities. The other volume relates in some detail his first journey to Millington in December of 1855 and his return in January of 1857 via Monmouth, New Jersey. Entries for the intervening period consist of brief essays on such subjects as human mortality.

Short writings by Bloom make up the balance of the collection. These include disputations and essays on topics of current politics, education, and so forth, some written while Bloom was at Yale; meditations on faith and religion, including a declaration of his intent to consecrate himself to the service of God; several short gothic stories, poetry, and a few other items. Also in the collection is a deed of Levi and Mary Talmage to Mrs. Jabez Goodell for land in Parma, New York, dating 1819.


  • 1819-1862
  • Majority of material found within 1853 - 1862


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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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

Gift of Mrs. W. F. Low, 1958.


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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A journal, short essays and notes, and fourteen letters written by Harvey Harris Bloom to members of his family and friends. The letters describe his life while he was teaching at an academy in Millington, New Jersey and his student years at Yale College (1859-1861) before he enlisted in the Union army. Bloom's journal as well as his writings are largely devoted to religious meditations, but also included are stories, poems, and disputes written while at Yale College.

Biographical / Historical

Harvey Harris Bloom was born in North Norwich, New York, on August 23, 1838. He entered Yale College with the class of 1862, but left during his junior year in order to fight for the Union Army in the Civil War. Unable to maintain a soldier's life, he returned to Yale and graduated in 1863. Already in poor health, though, Bloom died of consumption on March 18, 1864.

Guide to the Harvey Harris Bloom Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
June 1983
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Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
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Finding aid written in English.

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