1802-1943; bulk: 1884-1936

Guide to the Collection

Collection Summary


This collection consists of the papers of lawyer, author, and diplomat Frederic Jesup Stimson (1855-1943).

Collection Description

This collection consists of the papers of lawyer, author, and diplomat Frederic Jesup Stimson related primarily to his teaching and scholastic activities at Harvard, 1903-1914, his career as ambassador to Argentina, 1914-1921, and his literary endeavors and writings for Scribner's Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly, and other journals. Subjects include Argentinian politics, diplomacy, and society; Japanese society; World War I; and the Democratic Party. Among the correspondents are William Jennings Bryan, Louis Brandeis, James Bryce, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Charles Evans Hughes, Robert Lansing, A. Lawrence Lowell, John Boyle O'Reilly, Charles Scribner, Charles Warren, and Barrett Wendell. The collection also includes correspondence of Frederic and Mabel Ashhurst Stimson with Ashhurst and Stimson family members.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mabel Ashhurst Stimson, 13 Apr. 1944.

Box List of the Collection


Box 1
Box 2
1898-Sep. 1914
Box 3
Oct. 1914-July 1915
Box 4
Aug. 1915-May 1916
Box 5
June 1916-Dec. 1917
Box 6
Box 7
Box 8
Box 8
Undated correspondence

Arranged alphabetically.

Box 8
Undated family correspondence
Box 9
Undated miscellaneous papers
Box 9
Speeches, addresses, etc.
Box 9
Miscellaneous printed matter
Box 9
Photographs and postcards

Drafts of published writings

Box 10
In Cure of Her Soul (1906)
Box 11
Popular Lawmaking (1910)
Box 11
My Story (1917)
Box 12
The Light of Provence (1922)
Box 12
Ariel (1922)
Box 13
My United States (1931)
Box 13
Mary Maberly (undated)
Box 13
L'Affaire Dreyfus (1898)
Box 13
The World End (undated)
Box 14
Scrapbook, 1870s
Box OS 1
Oversize manuscripts from correspondence

"Personal Correspondence"

Box OS 2
Vol. 1, Jan. 1915-Dec. 1917
Box OS 2
Vol. 2, Jan.-July 1918

Preferred Citation

Frederic Jesup Stimson papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in ABIGAIL, the online catalog of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Researchers desiring materials about related persons, organizations, or subjects should search the catalog using these headings.


Ashhurst family.
Brandeis, Louis Dembitz, 1856-1941.
Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925.
Bryce, James Bryce, Viscount, 1838-1922.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1841-1935.
Hughes, Charles Evans, 1862-1948.
Lansing, Robert, 1864-1928.
Lowell, A. Lawrence (Abbott Lawrence), 1856-1943.
O'Reilly, John Boyle, 1844-1890.
Scribner, Charles, 1854-1930.
Stimson family.
Stimson, Mabel Ashhurst.
Warren, Charles, 1868-1954.
Wendell, Barrett, 1855-1921.


Atlantic Monthly Magazine.
Democratic Party (Mass.).
Democratic Party (U.S.).
Harvard University.
Scribner's Magazine.


Argentina--Foreign relations--United States.
Argentina--Politics and government.
Japan--Description and travel.
United States--Foreign relations--Argentina.
World War, 1914-1918.