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Harold Larson papers, 1759-1983

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0742
Bib ID 4078473 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Larson, Harold, 1901-
Title Harold Larson papers, 1759-1983
Physical Description 6 boxes (6 boxes)
Language(s) English .

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Cataloged correspondence (Boxes 1 & 2); Manuscripts by Larson (Box 3); Manuscripts by others, historical documents, personal documents& photographs (Box 4); Research notes (Box 5); Research notes and printed materials (Box 6).


Scope and Contents

Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, notes, photographs, transcripts of historical documents, and printed materials. Larson's correspondence consists of professional correspondence relating to historical research; his work at the United States National Archives, including correspondence with Philip Hamer while preparing a special survey of archival materials in the U.S. Virgin Islands under a Works Progress Administration grant, 1936-1937; genealogical research; and personal correspondence with family and friends. Manuscripts by Larson relate to Alexander Hamilton, Bjørnson, Bjørnstjerne, Danish National Archives, archival research in the U. S. Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Army activities in Korea and in the Virgin Islands.

Manuscripts by other authors are historical articles on the Virgin Islands. Larson's research notes are index cards and loose leaf notes on Alexander Hamilton, the history of the Virgin Islands, graduate and undergraduate student course notes, and notes for classes which Larson taught. Historical documents include surveys and statistical information on the U.S. National Archives project in the Virgin Islands, typescripts of 19th and 20th century newspaper articles and government reports published in the Virgin Islands, and handwritten or typescript copies of 18th century documents relating to Alexander Hamilton. Personal Documents contain copies of Larson's applications for federal employment, certificates, diplomas, student report cards, and obituaries. Photographs are of the Larson family and of Nelson Rockefeller. Printed Materials consists of books inscribed to Larson.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Harold Larson papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Archival Materials

Larson's papers relating to his family are at the: Norwegian-American Historical Association in: Country--Northfield, MN.

Ownership and Custodial History

Bequest of the Esate of Harold Larson, 1986.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Processed 02/02/88.

Revision Description

2020-10-08 EAD document created by CCR.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Archives -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Archivists -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Historians -- United States -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Letters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States Virgin Islands -- History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States. Army Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical sketch

Harold Larson, 1901-1986 (M.A., 1928; Ph.D., 1943, Columbia), historian and archivist. Archivist, United States National Archives, 1936-1943; historian, United States Army, 1943-1952; historian, United States Air Force, 1952-1955(?); part-time professor of history; free-lance consultant on genealogical research, specializing in tracing families of Norwegian and Danish Descent.