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Cataloged correspondence (Boxes 1 & 2); Manuscripts by Larson (Box 3); Manuscripts by others, historical documents, personal documents& photographs (Box 4); Research notes (Box 5); Research notes and printed materials (Box 6).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Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, notes, photographs, transcripts of historical documents, and printed materials.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 Historical documents include surveys and statistical information on the U.S. National Archives project in the Virgin Islands, typescripts of 19th and 20th century newspaper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.
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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.
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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.
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
2020-10-08 EAD document created by CCR.
History / Biographical Note
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.