1831-1912; bulk: 1831-1893
Guide to the Microfilm Edition
This collection consists of the personal papers of John O. Sargent, including correspondence, a diary, scrapbooks, and other papers.
John Osborne Sargent was a Whig politician, lawyer, journalist, and author.
This collection consists of the personal papers of John O. Sargent, of Boston and New York, including three volumes of correspondence, newspaper clippings, and calling cards related to his political and literary work, particularly his translations of Horace and of A. A. von Auersperg's The Last Knight; a European travel diary, including a typewritten transcript, 1861-1862; a scrapbook of correspondence related to the Sargent Prize at Harvard for translations of Horace, and correspondence, clippings, bills, receipts, and menus collected during his travels in Europe in 1889; and a scrapbook of writings by Sargent against slavery, including clippings about black troops, especially the 2nd Louisiana Regiment, 1863-1865. The collection contains correspondence related to Sargent's political work from Benjamin F. Butler, Henry Clay, Schuyler Colfax, Caleb Cushing, Edward Everett, Millard Fillmore, Horace Greeley, Reverdy Johnson, and William H. Seward, among others; related to his literary work from William Cullen Bryant, Epes Sargent Dixwell, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Owen Wister, among others; and with and about inventor and engineer John Ericsson. The collection also contains material related to Sargent's interest in Harvard University, from which he graduated in 1830, and his involvement in various legal cases. Correspondence received after Sargent's death in 1891 is addressed to his daughter Georgiana Sargent.
Gift of Henry Barrett Huntington, 1949, 1951. Scrapbook given by Catharine Huntington, 1975.
Detailed Description of the Collection
I. Correspondence, 1831-1912
This series consists primarily of the incoming correspondence of John O. Sargent. Included are three bound volumes of letters (subseries A-C) and a smaller amount of loose correspondence (subseries D). There is some overlap of correspondents, dates, and subjects among the three volumes, as well as between the volumes and the loose papers.
NOTE: The correspondence in this series is arranged in no particular order, although letters from a certain individual will usually be found together. John O. Sargent is the recipient of the letters unless otherwise specified.
A. Volume 1, 1831-1879
This volume contains correspondence with Thomas Coffin Amory, A. C. Bullitt, Henry Clay, Caleb Cushing, Edward Everett, Millard Fillmore, Robert Hallowell Gardner, Jr., Samuel G. Goodrich, Willis Hall, Reverdy Johnson, John Bozman Kerr, Charles F. Mitchell, William H. Seward, Charles Sumner, Joseph B. Williams, Robert C. Winthrop, and others.
B. Volume 2, 1852-1893
This volume contains correspondence with William Cullen Bryant, Thomas Jefferson Coolidge, George William Curtis, Epes Sargent Dixwell, Mary Sargent Duncan, Charles W. Eliot, Ralph Waldo Emerson, James W. Gerard, Rutherford B. Hayes, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Francis W. Newman, Henry Winthrop Sargent, Horace Binney Sargent, Turner Sargent, Robert C. Winthrop, and others.
C. Volume 3, 1844-1912
This volume contains correspondence with Jonathan Wheeler Bemis, Eugene Field, William Henry Furness, Isaac McLellan, Francis W. Newman, Owen Wister, and others. Included at the end of the volume are some letters to Georgiana W. Sargent, mostly about her father John O. Sargent.
D. Loose papers, 1831-1890
This subseries contains correspondence with William Conant Church, John Ericsson, Edward Everett, James T. Fields, Millard Fillmore, Reverdy Johnson, Donald G. Mitchell, Zachary Taylor, and others.
II. Journal, 1861-1862
III. Scrapbooks, 1863-1889
Included are news clippings about the anti-slavery movement, the Civil War, and black troops, especially the 2nd Louisiana Regiment.
Included are newspaper clippings, theater programs, bills, receipts, and occasional letters related primarily to Sargent's trip abroad in 1889.
John O. Sargent papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.
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.