Rare Book & Manuscript Library

James Harper papers, 1800-1925

Series III: Miscellaneous, 1818-1919

This series is composed of six folders, chronologically organized, of legal papers, diaries and pamphlets, and two over-size folders holding drawings and news-papers. This series includes: Maria Arcularius's diary documenting her trip to Europe in 1835, James Harper Jr.'s baby book, from 1919 (containing a genealogical tree), locks of hair, and short notes of a personal nature. One of the pamphlets in this series is the centennial commemorative 1917 advertisement of the reprint of the first work by Harper printers, Seneca's Morals with facsimile pages from the first edition and letter with a sample reservation note from the company. This pamphlet reveals the fact that Joseph Wesley Harper and Fletcher Harper, the two younger brothers of the four founders, worked on the first printed Harper book, in 1817, as compositors. One folder of this series contains a tentative genealogical outline of one branch of Harper family and a history of family names of English origin (Harper included); the author of both documents is not mentioned. Particularly interesting and revealing, of the history of the family, are the clippings from new papers of several obituaries for the death of Philip A. Harper (a second generation); these short articles from the press of the time brings light into the complicated genealogy and succession of Harpers.

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Box 5 Folder 1 Legal papers, 1818-1823

Box 5 Folder 2 Maria Arcularius Harper, diary, 1 1822-1835

Box 5 Folder 3 Pamphlets, 1844-circa 1850

Box 5 Folder 4 Prospectus, Seneca reediting, 1917

Box 5 Folder 5 James Harper Jr., baby book, 1919

Box 5 Folder 6 Miscellaneous, circa, 1900

Box 8 News-papers, oversize Folder, Nineteenth and Twentieth Century

Box 8 Drawings, Twentieth Century