1524-1999; bulk: 1745-1960
Guide to the Collection
|Title:||Saltonstall family papers
|Physical Description:||47 boxes,
22 volumes, 3 cartons of restricted material, and 5 oversize
|Call Number:||Ms. N-2232
|Call Number:||OFFSITE STORAGE (closed)
|Repository:||Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
This collection consists of the papers of the
Saltonstall family of Haverhill, Salem, and Chestnut Hill, Mass., primarily
those of Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845) and Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895).
Papers of the Leverett, Cooke, Badger, Sanders, Lawrence, and Brooks families
are also represented. Included are family correspondence; personal papers;
business, legal, and financial papers; diaries; and genealogical
Below are brief biographical sketches of the Saltonstall family and related
families, highlighting the individual members represented most prominently
within the collection.
The Saltonstall Family
Mary Cooke Saltonstall Badger (1749-1791) was the
daughter of Richard Saltonstall (1703-1756) and Mary Cooke Saltonstall (later
Harrod) (1723-1804.) She was the sister of Nathaniel Saltonstall (1746-1815) of
Haverhill, Mass. and Leverett Saltonstall (1754-1782), a Loyalist, who served
in the British army. She married Rev. Moses Badger (1743-1792), a chaplain in
the British Navy, in 1771. She fled with her Loyalist husband to Halifax, Nova
Scotia in 1776, then to New York, Newport, and Providence, Rhode Island, where
she died in 1791. She was the mother of Richard Saltonstall Badger, Nathaniel
Badger, and George Badger.
Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall (1867-1961) was the
daughter of Peter Chardon Brooks (1831-1920) and Sarah Lawrence Brooks
(1845-1915.) She married Richard Middlecott Saltonstall (1859-1922) in 1891. A
founder of the Community Fund and an officer in the American Red Cross, she was
appointed a member of the National Women's Committee for Mobilization of Human
Needs in 1936. She was the mother of Leverett Saltonstall (1892-1979), Eleanor
"Nora" Saltonstall (1894-1919), Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis (1896-1990),
and Richard Saltonstall (1897-1979).
Eleanor "Nora" Saltonstall (1894-1919) was born
in Chestnut Hill (Brookline), Mass., the daughter of Richard Middlecott
Saltonstall (1859-1922) and Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall (1867-1961), and the
sister of Leverett Saltonstall (1892-1979). She graduated from Miss Winsor's
school in 1911, and continued her education at Miss Ferris' School in Paris in
1911-1912. When World War I began, she organized the Active Corps of the
Special Aid Society in Boston, and earned a First Aid Certificate in June 1917.
She served in France with the American Red Cross from 1917 to 1918 during World
War I, and was awarded the Croix-de-Guerre in 1918. After returning home in
March 1919, she went on a camping trip in the western U.S. and contracted
typhoid fever, dying in July 1919 at the age of 24.
Endicott Peabody Saltonstall (1872-1922) was the
son of Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895) and Rose Lee Saltonstall, and the
brother of Richard Middlecott Saltonstall (1859-1922). Earning an AB from
Harvard College in 1894, and an LLB from Harvard Law School in 1897, he
practiced law in Boston, and was appointed district attorney for Middlesex
County in 1921-1922. He married Elizabeth Baldwin Dupee in 1898.
Leverett Saltonstall (1754-1782) was the son of
Judge Richard Saltonstall (1703-1756) and his third wife, Mary Cooke
Saltonstall (later Harrod) (1723-1804). Although he had apprenticed to become a
merchant in Boston, Saltonstall became a Loyalist and served in the British
Army as a 2nd lieutenant in the 23rd Regiment of Foot (Royal Welsh Fusiliers)
under Sir William Howe in 1778. He later served under Lord Cornwallis at
Yorktown. Saltonstall returned to New York as a parolee after the British
surrender in 1781, joining his sister Mary Badger and her family. He died in
New York City in 1782 at his sister's home.
Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845) was the son of
Dr. Nathaniel Saltonstall (1746-1815) and Anna White (1752- 1841). Graduating
from Harvard College in 1802, he practiced law in Salem, Mass. from 1805 until
about 1835. He served as a Massachusetts state senator and representative
intermittently between 1813-1834, and again in 1844; and served as president of
the Massachusetts Senate from 1831 to 1832. The first mayor of Salem, Mass. in
1836-1837, Saltonstall was elected to the U. S. House of Representatives as a
Whig, serving from Dec. 1838 to March 1843 (25th-27th Congresses). He was also
an overseer of Harvard University from 1835 to 1845. Saltonstall married Mary
Elizabeth Sanders (1788-1858), the daughter of Thomas Sanders and Elizabeth
Elkins Sanders of Salem. Their children were Anne Elizabeth Saltonstall
(1812-1881), Caroline Saltonstall (1815-1883), Lucy Saltonstall [Tuckerman]
(1822-1890), and Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895).
Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895) was the son of
Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845) and Mary Elizabeth Sanders Saltonstall
(1788-1858). He graduated from Harvard College in 1844, and received his law
degree from Harvard in 1847. He practiced law until 1860, when he became active
in the Massachusetts Democratic party, and although he was frequently nominated
as a candidate for Congress, he was never elected. In 1876, he was appointed
chief Massachusetts commissioner for the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition,
and also helped to oversee the 1876 Florida ballot controversy that arose as
part of the Tilden-Hayes presidential election. He was appointed the collector
of the port of Boston by Pres. Grover Cleveland in 1885, serving until 1889,
and was a member of the Board of Overseers of Harvard University from 1889
until his death in 1895. Saltonstall married Rose Smith Lee (b. 1835), of Salem
in 1854, and they lived in Chestnut Hill (Brookline), Massachusetts. His
children were Leverett Saltonstall (1855-1863), Richard Middlecott Saltonstall
(1859-1922), Rose Lee Saltonstall [West] (1861-1891), Mary Elizabeth
Saltonstall [Shaw] (b. 1862), Philip Leverett Saltonstall (1867-1919), and
Endicott Peabody Saltonstall (1872-1922).
Leverett Saltonstall (1892-1979) was the son of
Richard Middlecott Saltonstall (1859-1922) and Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall
(1867-1961). He was a graduate of Harvard College (1914) and Harvard Law School
(1917), and served in the U.S. Army from 1917 to 1919. A Republican, he was
elected to the Massachusetts state senate from 1922 to 1937, serving as speaker
of the house from 1929-1937. Saltonstall was the governor of Massachusetts from
1939 to 1945, and was a U.S. Senator from 1945 to 1967, serving as Senate
Republican Whip, chair of Senate Republican Conference, and chairman of the
Senate Armed Services Committee. Saltonstall married Alice Wesselhoeft
(1893-1981) in 1916. His children were Leverett Saltonstall (1917-1966),
Rosalie Saltonstall (1919-1920), Emily Saltonstall [Byrd] (1920-2006), Peter
Brooks Saltonstall (1921-1944), William Lawrence Saltonstall (1927-2009), and
Susan Saltonstall (1930-1994).
Mary (Cooke) Saltonstall (1723-1805) was the
daughter of Jane Middlecott and Elisha Cooke, Jr., one of the wealthiest men in
Massachusetts. It is Mary, through her father's line, who connected the
Saltonstall family to the Leverett family. (Mary's paternal grandmother was
Elizabeth Leverett, daughter of Gov. John Leverett). She married Judge Richard
Saltonstall of Haverhill in 1744 as his third wife, and after Saltonstall's
death in 1756, married Benjamin Harrod, a Haverhill widower. She was the mother
of Nathaniel Saltonstall (1746-1815), with whom she lived in Haverhill, Mass.
after Harrod died in 1780; Mary Cooke Saltonstall [Badger] (1749-1791); and
Leverett Saltonstall (1754-1782). Both Mary Badger and Leverett were Loyalists
who were forced to flee Massachusetts in 1776.
Nathaniel Saltonstall (1746-1815) was the son of
Richard Saltonstall (1703-1756) and Mary Cooke Saltonstall (1723-1804) of
Haverhill, Mass. A child of 10 when his father died and his mother remarried
Benjamin Harrod, he was largely brought up by his uncle Middlecott Cooke of
Boston. Saltonstall graduated from Harvard College in 1766 and became a
physician, practicing in Haverhill, Bradford, Andover and Amesbury, Mass. He
married Anna White (1752-1841), daughter of Samuel White and Sarah Brown White
of Haverhill, in 1780. His children were Mary Cooke Saltonstall [Varnum]
(1781-1817); Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845); Nathaniel Saltonstall
(1784-1838); Anna Saltonstall [Merrill] (1787-1865); Sarah Saltonstall [Howe]
(1790-1870); Richard Saltonstall (1794-1834), and Matilda Saltonstall [Howe]
Nathaniel Saltonstall (1784-1838) was the son of
Dr. Nathaniel Saltonstall (1746-1815) and Anna White Saltonstall (1752-1841),
and the brother of Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845). He was a merchant in
Baltimore, and later in Salem, Mass. where he married Caroline Sanders
(1793-1882), daughter of Thomas Sanders of Salem and sister of his brother
Leverett's wife Mary Elizabeth. Nathaniel was the father of Catherine Pickman
Saltonstall [Peirson] (1823-1852); Elizabeth Sanders Saltonstall [Silsbee]
(1825-1887); Henry Saltonstall (1828-1894); and William Gurdon Saltonstall
Richard Middlecott Saltonstall (1859-1922) was
the son of Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895) and Rose Smith Lee Saltonstall (b.
1835) A classmate of Theodore Roosevelt, he graduated from Harvard College in
1880. He studied law at Harvard and at the office of William Caleb Loring, and
was admitted to the bar in 1884. A businessman and investor, Saltonstall was
president and director of the E. Howard Clock Company, a trustee of
Constitution Wharf Trust, and a director of the Globe Newspaper Co., Boston
Storage Warehouse Co., and Boston Safe Deposit and Trust Co. He married Eleanor
Brooks (1867-1961), daughter of Sarah Lawrence and Peter Chardon Brooks, in
1891. Their children were Leverett Saltonstall (1892-1979); Eleanor "Nora"
Saltonstall (1894-1919), Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall [Lewis] (1896-1990); and
Richard Saltonstall (1897-1979).
William Gurdon Saltonstall (1831-1899) was the
son of Nathaniel Saltonstall (1784-1838) and Caroline Sanders (1793-1882). An
East India merchant, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1861-1865, and was the
acting master of the Commodore Hull, a ship
involved in the North Atlantic blockade of the Confederacy. Saltonstall married
Josephine Rose Lee in 1867, and was the father of Robert Saltonstall
(1870-1941); Lucy Sanders Saltonstall [Rantoul] (b. 1871); John Lee Saltonstall
(1878-1959); and Rosamund Saltonstall [Auchincloss] (b. 1881).
Peter Chardon Brooks (1831-1920) was the son of
Gorham Brooks (1795-1855) and Ellen Shepherd Brooks (1809-1884). He prepared
for college under Samuel Eliot, graduating from Harvard in 1852. Holding
extensive real estate investments in Massachusetts and Chicago, Illinois,
Brooks devoted much of his time to agriculture, art, and travel. He married
Sarah Lawrence Brooks (1845-1915), daughter of Amos A. Lawrence (1814-1886) and
Sarah Elizabeth Appleton Lawrence (1822-1891), and was the father of Eleanor
Brooks [Saltonstall] (1867-1961) and Lawrence Brooks (b. 1868.)
Sarah Lawrence Brooks (1845-1915) was the
daughter of Sarah Elizabeth Appleton (1822-1891) and Amos Adams Lawrence
(1814-1886), an industrialist and leader in the American abolitionist movement.
Sarah was an amateur and prolific photographer. She had six siblings, including
William Lawrence (1850-1941), who was elected a Bishop of the Episcopal Church
in Massachusetts in 1893. She married Peter Chardon Brooks and was the mother
of Eleanor Brooks [Saltonstall] (1867-1961) and Lawrence Brooks (b. 1868).
Elisha Cooke, Jr. (1678-1737) was the son of
Elisha Cooke (1637-1715) and Elizabeth Leverett (1651-1715), daughter of Gov.
John Leverett. Graduating from Harvard in 1697, Cooke became a physician, a
member of the Massachusetts General Court, and served as speaker of the
Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1720. Politically, Cooke was one of
the leaders of the party in opposition to the Royal Governor. One of the
wealthiest men in the province, Cooke bought up large tracts of timberland in
Maine and challenged the Crown's rights to these forests. Cooke married Jane
Middlecott (1682 -1743), daughter of Sarah Paine and Richard Middlecott, in
1703. He was the father of Middlecott Cooke (1705-1771) and Mary Cooke
[Saltonstall] [Harrod] (1723-1804).
Middlecott Cooke ((1705-1771) was the son of
Elisha Cooke, Jr. (1678-1737) and Jane Middlecott Cooke (1682-1743) and the
brother of Mary Cooke [Saltonstall] [Harrod] (1723-1804). After receiving his
Masters degree from Harvard College in 1726, he helped his father manage the
family lands in what is now Maine, making several voyages to new settlements
there. He also worked as a merchant in the firm of Goldthwaite and Cooke,
serving as a clerk in the Suffolk County court and as a Boston selectman.
Unmarried and childless, Cooke took in his sister Mary Cooke Saltonstall and
her children after the death of Mary's husband, Judge Richard Saltonstall. Upon
Cooke's death in 1771, he left his Saltonstall niece and nephews his mansion,
stores, warehouses, and ropewalks in Boston, and his land in Massachusetts and
Mary Cooke Saltonstall Harrod - see Mary Cooke
Gov. John Leverett (1616-1679) was the son of
Thomas Leverett, an alderman of Boston, England. He emigrated to the
Massachusetts Bay Colony with his parents in 1633, but went back to England in
1644 to fight for Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War. Returning to
Massachusetts by 1647, Leverett became active in the colonial militia and
served in the General Court. In 1654, Cromwell appointed Leverett the military
governor of Acadia (present-day Nova Scotia), a position he held until 1657.
Leverett was appointed the Massachusetts Bay Colony agent or representative to
England from 1655 to 1662 and served as major-general in the Massachusetts
militia from 1663 to 1673 and as governor of Massachusetts from 1673 to his
death in 1679. He married Hannah Hudson in 1639, and upon her death married
Sarah Sedgwick (1629-1704) in 1647. One of their twelve children, Elizabeth
(1651-1715), married Elisha Cooke, Sr., whose granddaughter Mary Cooke married
Judge Richard Saltonstall.
John Leverett (1662-1724) was the grandson of
Gov. John Leverett (1616-1679) and the son of Hudson and Sarah Payton Leverett.
He received his A B from Harvard College in 1680 and his A M from Harvard in
1683. He served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
(1696-1702), speaker of the House (1700-1702), justice of the Superior Court
(1702-1708), judge of the Probate Court for Middlesex County (1702-1708), and
member of the Provincial Council (1706-1708). He was appointed resident fellow
at Harvard under Increase Mather's administration from 1685 to 1697 and became
the first secular president of Harvard College in 1708, serving until his death
in 1724. He married Margaret Rogers Berry in 1697 and they had nine children,
six of whom died in infancy. After Margaret's death in 1720, Leverett married
Sarah Crisp Harris.
Elizabeth Elkins Sanders [or Saunders] (1762-1851)
was the daughter of Thomas Elkins and Elizabeth White Elkins of Salem.
She was an author and social critic, particularly on issues of injustices to
Native Americans and wrongs perpetrated by foreign religious missions. She
Conversations, Principally on the Aborigines
of North America (Salem, Mass. 1828); First Settlers of New England (Boston, 1829); and
Tract of Missions (Salem, 1844), the last when she
was 82. She also published numerous essays of literary criticism. She married
Thomas Sanders [Saunders] in 1782, and was the mother of Charles Sanders (b.
1783); Catherine Sanders [Pickman] (b. 1784); Mary Elizabeth Sanders
[Saltonstall] (1788-1858); Caroline Sanders [Saltonstall] (1793-1882); Lucy
Sanders (bapt. 1793); and George Thomas Sanders (b. 1804).
Thomas Sanders [or Saunders] (1753-1844) was the
son of Thomas Sanders (1729-1774) and Lucy Smith Sanders of Gloucester, Mass.
Although Sanders's family could not afford to give him a college education, he
nevertheless became one of wealthiest merchants in Salem, Mass. He married
Elizabeth Elkins (1762-1851) of Salem, and was the father of Charles Sanders
(b. 1783); Catherine Sanders [Pickman] (b. 1784); Mary Elizabeth Sanders
[Saltonstall] (1788-1858); Caroline Sanders [Saltonstall] (1793-1882); Lucy
Sanders (bapt. 1793); and George Thomas Sanders (b. 1804). His daughter Mary
Elizabeth married Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845), and his daughter Caroline
married Leverett's brother Nathaniel Saltonstall (1784-1838). Sanders built his
daughters and their husbands a double house on Chestnut St. in Salem next door
to his own.
Click on the highlighted text to view web
presentations of select Saltonstall family documents.
The Saltonstall family papers consist of 47 boxes and 5 oversize boxes of
manuscripts and printed material, as well as 22 manuscript and printed volumes.
They are arranged in seven series that document the Saltonstall family of
Haverhill, Salem, and Chestnut Hill (Brookline), Massachusetts from the 17th to
the 20th century. The bulk of the collection consists of the papers of Leverett
Saltonstall (1783-1845), his son Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895), his
grandson, Richard Middlecott Saltonstall (1859-1922), and their families.
Of particular significance are the papers of Leverett Saltonstall
(1783-1845), a Massachusetts state representative and senator, the first mayor
of Salem, Mass., and a Whig member of the U.S. House of Representatives. In
addition to his personal and political correspondence, which includes
from Lewis Cass, Rufus Choate, Caleb Cushing, Edward Everett,
Lemuel Shaw, Joseph Story, and Levi Lincoln, Saltonstall's papers contain
correspondence with his family when he served in Washington
D.C. These letters vividly describe political and social life
at the capital, offering Saltonstall's detailed observations of Washington
personalities and events.
The papers of Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895) include business and
political correspondence related to his career as a leader of the Massachusetts
Democratic Party, commissioner to the Philadelphia Centennial Expedition, and
collector of the Port of Boston. Of note are Saltonstall's
related to the controversy surrounding Florida's electoral
votes in the Hayes-Tilden presidential election of 1876.
Personal diaries chronicle his journey to Europe and the Middle East in
1847-1849. In addition to family correspondence, a large portion of
Saltonstall's personal papers relate to genealogical research and family
Family papers form the largest and broadest series in the collection,
ranging from 16th century English deeds to the 1985 correspondence of William
L. Saltonstall (1927-2009). Included are the papers of Dr. Nathaniel
Saltonstall (1746-1815) of Haverhill, Mass.; Mary Elizabeth Sanders
Saltonstall, wife of Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845); Mary's daughters Anne
and Caroline Saltonstall; Richard Middlecott Saltonstall and his wife Eleanor
Brooks Saltonstall; and other family members. Papers of Saltonstall family
ancestors and related families are also represented, including the Leverett,
Cooke, Badger, Sanders, Lawrence and Brooks families. Highlights include
military papers of John Leverett (1616-1679);
Cooke's diaries describing his 1734 trip to an outpost in
correspondence of Mary Cooke Saltonstall Harrod with her
Loyalist children during and after the Revolutionary War; the 1840-1843
Washington D.C. diaries of Anne E. Saltonstall; William Gurdon Saltonstall's
Civil War reminiscences; and letters
to Richard Middlecott Saltonstall from Harvard classmate Theodore
Roosevelt. Later family papers relate almost exclusively to
family history and genealogy.
Genealogical papers include the research of Leverett Saltonstall
(1783-1845), Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895), Richard Middlecott Saltonstall
and numerous professional genealogists. The bulk of genealogical material
consists of the correspondence and research of Louise Emerson Carlisle, who
worked as an archivist for the family from the 1930s to the 1960s. Carlisle
also compiled information on the history of the Saltonstall family's
manuscript, portrait, and artifact collections.
Other documents in the collection, not directly related to the Saltonstall
family, include a 1694 copy of Charles Morton's "A Logick System;" 1682 papers
of Daniel Gookin pertaining to a Natick, Mass. trial of a Native American; and
the papers of Boston dentist David K. Hitchcock (1813-1895).
The Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) holds the following collections
related to the Saltonstall family papers:
Saltonstall family photographs, ca. 1860-1966. Photo. Coll. 31.
Saltonstall-Brooks-Lewis family papers, 1863-1982. Ms. N-368. Finding aid
Saltonstall-Brooks-Lewis family photographs, ca. 1840-1946. Photo. Coll. 33.
Finding aid available at:
Eleanor Saltonstall papers, 1911-1926. Ms. N-374. Finding aid available at:
Leverett Saltonstall papers, 1906-1981. OFFSITE STORAGE. Ms. N-416. Finding
aid available at:
Leverett Saltonstall autograph collection, 1930-1996. Special Colls. Finding
aid available at:
The collection was originally arranged by the Saltonstall family in several
different formats. The largest portion, dating from the mid-18th century, was
stored in a series of blue notebooks or "Tengwell volumes" at the Saltonstall's
Chestnut Hill (Mass.) home. Other documents in the collection were kept in
folios, organized topically by family, country, or individual. Folios dated
from the 16th to the 18th century, and included papers collected and purchased
by the Saltonstalls, as well as those handed down within the family. These
formats have been combined in the collection's current arrangement to reflect
series and chronological order. The original volume or folio numbers are
penciled at the top of each document, and have also been retained in the
Saltonstall Online Catalog. Lists of the original
folios and other inventories can be found in Series VII, Collection History.
A small group of Saltonstall family papers donated by Robert Saltonstall
Ward of Cambridge in 1933 has also been incorporated into this collection.
Oversize documents have been removed from the collection and replaced with
removal forms. They are housed chronologically in oversize boxes 1-5. For
additional information, see Series VIII, Oversize material.
Online Catalog contains records describing approximately 3000
documents in the Saltonstall family papers dating from 1524 to 1880. Records
include information on author, recipient, date, and original location of
documents, and in some cases include item descriptions and select subjects.
Gift of Mrs. George Lewis, Jr., Leverett Saltonstall, Richard Saltonstall,
and Mrs. Richard M. Saltonstall, June 1948 and May 1959.
Gift of William L. Saltonstall, July 1991, with later additions.
Gift of Robert Saltonstall Ward, 1933 (previously the Ward-Saltonstall
papers, Ms. S-784)
Highlights from the
Saltonstall Family Collections is a web presentation containing
images and transcriptions of selected documents from the Saltonstall family
Most letters and diaries of Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845) have been
published in The Papers of Leverett Saltonstall
1816-1845, Vols. 1-5, edited by Robert E. Moody, Boston: Massachusetts
Historical Society, 1978-1992.
Early papers of the Saltonstall family and related families have been
published in The Saltonstall Papers 1607-1815,
Vols. 1-2, edited by Robert E. Moody, Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society,
The collection is organized into the following series:
|I. Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845) papers,
|A. Loose papers, 1796-1854
|B. Speeches and reports, 1804-1842
|C. Diaries, 1803-1814
|D. Bound volumes, 1800-1845
|II. Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895) papers,
|A. Loose papers, 1836-1895
|B. Speeches and writings, ca.
|C. Diaries, 1847-1895
|D. Bound volumes, 1856-1895
|III. Family papers, 1524-1985
|A. Family notebook and folio collections,
|B. Later family correspondence,
|C. Brooks-Saltonstall family financial papers,
|D. Lawrence family correspondence,
|E. William Gurdon Saltonstall papers,
|F. Family diaries, 1745-1922
|G.. Bound volumes, 1682-ca. 1911
|IV. Family history and genealogy, ca.
|V. Printed material, 1830-1999
|A. Material related to Leverett Saltonstall
|B. Material related to Leverett Saltonstall
|C. Genealogical material, 1860-1939
|D. Miscellaneous printed material,
|VI. Unrelated papers, 1669-1907
|VII. Collection history, ca.
|VIII. Oversize material, 1543-1962
|I. Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845) papers,
This series contains the papers of Leverett Saltonstall of Salem, Mass., who
served as a Massachusetts state representative and senator, the first mayor of
Salem, and a Whig member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Included are
Saltonstall's family, personal, legal, and political correspondence; manuscript
drafts of Saltonstall's speeches as a Massachusetts state representative and
senator, and as a U.S. representative; a series of personal diaries kept from
1803 to 1814 describing daily activities, current events, and travel; and
several bound volumes, including a scrapbook kept by Saltonstall's son that
chronicled his father's life.
|A. Loose papers,
This sub-series includes the correspondence, personal papers, and business
papers of Leverett Saltonstall (1785-1845). Family correspondence, which
comprises the bulk of the series, contains letters between Leverett and his
father, Nathaniel Saltonstall (1746-1815); mother, Anna White Saltonstall;
siblings Anna, Richard, and Nathaniel; and cousin George Badger. In 1812,
Leverett began his correspondence with his wife, Mary Elizabeth Sanders
Saltonstall, which continued throughout his life. The majority of letters from
Leverett to Mary, and later from Leverett to his children, Anne, Caroline,
Lucy, and Leverett, were written during his trips to Washington D.C. as a
lawyer before the Supreme Court in 1824-1826, and as a member of the U. S.
House of Representatives from Dec. 1838 to Jan. 1843. View
the web presentation of selected letters from Leverett to his
Personal correspondence includes letters from his Exeter and Harvard
classmates, including William Minot, John Gorham, and James S. Dunning. Letters
from Exeter classmate Lewis Cass illustrate his impressions of the Northwest
Territory and the new state of Ohio. View
the web presentation of selected Saltonstall-Cass
Also included is correspondence with Rev. John
E. Abbot, minister of North Church in Salem and Saltonstall's close friend,
whose sermons and religious papers are also in this series. A small amount of
correspondence and business papers pertain to Saltonstall's Salem law practice,
including correspondence with William Prescott and James C. Merrill, wills,
deeds, and other documents associated with legal cases. Some material relates
to the Brazen-Upham controversy, a libel case between two ministers in Salem in
which a large part of the town took sides.
Among Saltonstall's political correspondents, primarily during his tenure as
a congressional representative, are Rufus Choate, Caleb Cushing, Lemuel Shaw,
Levi Lincoln, Edward Everett, Horace Mann, Joseph Story, Abbott Lawrence, and
Harrison Gray Otis. Also found here is a memorial of Saltonstall's life written
by David A. White of Salem in 1854.
|Box 3||Folders 1-4||1812-1813
|Box 3||Folders 5-7||John E. Abbot religious papers, 1814-1818
|Box 3||Folders 8-30||1814-1816
|Box 7||Folders 1-3||1837
|Box 7||Folders 4-7||Brazen-Upham controversy, 1837
|Box 7||Folders 8-29||1838-1839
|Box 8||1840-May 1841
|Box 9||June 1841-April 1842
|Box 10||May-December 1842
|Box 11||1843-June 1844
|Box 12||Folders 1-14||July 1844-May 1845
|Box 12||Folders 15-16||D.A. White's memorial, 1854
This sub-series contains manuscript drafts of speeches written and delivered
by Leverett Saltonstall, primarily in his capacity as a member of the
Massachusetts General Court, and later, as a member of the U S. House of
Representatives. They include speeches to various social and religious groups,
public orations marking anniversaries and special events, and speeches that he
gave on the floor of the House. His speech on the U.S. tariff also exists in
See also Leverett Saltonstall's speeches and reports in Printed Material
|Box 12||Folder 17||"A Charge Delivered to the Porcellian Club," October
|Box 12||Folders 18-19||Independence Day oration delivered in Salem (draft), July
|Box 12||Folder 20||Address to members of the Merrimack Humane Society, September
|Box 12||Folders 21-22||Endicott anniversary speech, 1827
|Box 12||Folder 23||Address to North Church Sunday School, ca. 1830
|Box 12||Folders 24-25||"Memorial of Citizens of Massachusetts to Congress, concerning the
Cherokee Indians, ca. 1831
Draft and final copy.
|Box 12||Folder 26||Speech on the Maine boundary, March 1839
|Box 12||Folder 27||Eulogy of President William Henry Harrison, April 1841
|Box 12||Folder 28||Speech on the tariff, June 1842
Diaries written by Leverett Saltonstall date from February, 1803, when he
still practiced law in Haverhill, Mass., until 1814, shortly before Saltonstall
became active in politics. 1803-1804 volumes are small folios that chronicle
the weather, Saltonstall's daily activities in Haverhill and Salem, Mass., and
some observations about current events. Beginning with his July 1804 diary,
Saltonstall kept larger journals, with more comments on politics, events, and
courses of study in which he had interest. These volumes also include a journal
of a trip to Portland, Maine in 1806, a diary and expense account (1806-1821),
and an 1814 journal of a trip to western Mass. and New York. Transcriptions of
all diaries are published in The Saltonstall Papers, Vol.
2, except for the Jan. 1806 - Apr. 1807 diary, which is published in the
MHS Proceedings 89 (1977): 127-177.
|Box 13||Folder 1||Diary, February-March 1803
|Box 13||Folder 1||Diary, May 1803
|Box 13||Folder 1||Diary, October 1803
|Box 13||Folder 1||Diary, December 1803
|Box 13||Folder 2||Diary, March 1804
|Box 13||Folder 2||Diary, April 1804
|Box 13||Folder 3||Diary, July 1804-December 1805
|Box 13||Folder 4||Diary, January 1806-April 1807
|Box 13||Folder 5||"Trip to Portland," August-September 1806
|Box 13||Folder 6||Diary and expense account, 1806-1821
|Box 13||Folder 7||Diary, May-October 1807
|Box 13||Folder 8||Diary, November 1807-February 1808
|Box 13||Folder 9||Diary, March-April 1808
|Box 13||Folder 10||Diary, July 1814
|D. Bound volumes,
|Vol. 1||"Mathematical manuscript," November 1800
This volume was Saltonstall's copybook for his studies in mathematics at
Harvard, and includes sections on geometry, trigonometry, surveying, and
|Box 13||Folder 11||Bank book, 1843-1845
This small ledger records Saltonstall's deposits and withdrawals at the
Commercial Bank of Salem.
|Box 13||Folder 12||Memorial scrapbook, 1845
Compiled by Leverett Saltonstall's son Leverett (1825-1895), and entitled
"Sketches of my Father's Life," the scrapbook contains newspaper clippings and
miscellaneous obituaries and memorials.
|Box 13||Folder 13||Copy book with prayers, n.d.
|II. Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895) papers,
This series contains the papers of Leverett Saltonstall of Boston and
Chestnut Hill (Brookline), Mass., who served as a leader of the Massachusetts
Democratic Party, commissioner to the Philadelphia Centennial Expedition, and
collector of the Port of Boston. Included are Saltonstall's family, personal,
and political correspondence and manuscript drafts of his speeches and essays,
including his "Recollections of Chestnut Street" about his youth in Salem,
Mass. A series of personal diaries chronicle his journey to Europe and the
Middle East in 1847-1849, and later record his political activities and events
related to the Civil War. Also in this series are letterbooks containing copies
of Saltonstall's personal and professional correspondence, and scrapbooks,
including one comprised of letters, newsclippings, and printed material related
to the 1876 controversy surrounding the Hayes-Tilden presidential electors in
|A. Loose papers,
Included in this sub-series are Leverett Saltonstall's family, political,
and personal correspondence and papers. Before 1870, the bulk of the series is
comprised of family correspondence with his mother Mary Elizabeth Sanders
Saltonstall, sisters Caroline, Anne, and Lucy, his wife Rose Lee Saltonstall,
and other family members. (Saltonstall's correspondence with his father
Leverett Saltonstall [1783-1845] can be found in Series I.) Saltonstall's
1847-1849 letters discussing his trip to Europe and the Middle East have been
transcribed, and include passports to Palestine written in Arabic. Many of his
letters are addressed to his sister Anne, to whom he wrote weekly for many
years. Also here are numerous letters congratulating Saltonstall on his
engagement to Rose Lee in 1854, letters from his sisters Anne and Caroline from
Europe in 1869-1870, letters from his son Richard from London in 1885, and
letters from his daughter Rose in Florida in 1886.
Personal papers include correspondence related to Saltonstall's numerous
Harvard club affiliations, his board positions at the Perkins Institute and
School for the Blind and the National Conference of Unitarians, his position as
overseer of Harvard University, and his presidency of the Harvard College
Alumni Association. Correspondents include Oliver Wendell Holmes, Charles
Eliot, Edward Wheelwright, and Charles E. Norton. A large portion of personal
papers relates to Saltonstall's longtime interest in his family genealogy,
including correspondence with William Endicott, William Brampton Gurdon, James
Hubbard, Henry Saltonstall, and Robert C. Winthrop, Jr. This correspondence
discusses Saltonstall's interest in collecting family documents and portraits,
as well as his research for his book Ancestry and
Descendants of Sir Richard Saltonstall, which was published
posthumously. See also Series IV, Family History and Genealogy.
To search for specific correspondents, locations,
dates, or keywords in documents dated before 1880 in
this sub-series, see the
|Box 14||Folders 1-6||1836-1846
|Box 14||Folders 7-32||1847-1849
|Box 14||Folders 33-35||1850-1853
|Box 16||1869-October 1885
|Box 17||November 1885-1893
|Box 18||Folders 1-8||1894-1895
|B. Speeches and writings,
This sub-series includes Saltonstall's address to the Franklin County
Agricultural Society at its inaugural meeting about 1850; a lecture about
Alexander Hamilton delivered to the Salem Young Men's Union in 1857; an 1885
essay about his recollections of the Salem of his youth (ca. 1830-1845); copies
of speeches given at the 50th anniversary of the Harvard class of 1844; and
other miscellaneous writings.
|Box 18||Folder 9||Address to Franklin Agricultural Society, ca. 1850
|Box 18||Folder 10||Lecture on Alexander Hamilton, 1857
|Box 18||Folder 11||"Recollections of Chestnut Street, Salem (Mass.)," 1885
|Box 18||Folder 12||Harvard Class of 1844 fiftieth anniversary speech, 1894
|Box 18||Folder 13||Miscellaneous writings, n.d.
Most of the diaries in this sub-series are small, page-a-day-format bound
volumes. Saltonstall began keeping a diary during his trip to Europe and the
Middle East from 1847-1849, and returned to the practice in 1855 until his
death in 1895. The 1847-1849 travel diaries contain details of his journeys to
France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland,
Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Constantinople, Greece, England, and
Scotland. Later diaries primarily record daily activities, weather, and
occasional current events. Beginning in 1860, Saltonstall mentions details of
his political activities, and in 1861 through 1865 he regularly discusses
events related to the Civil War. Diaries from 1855 to 1861 also contain
newspaper clippings. Diaries from 1847-1849, 1855-1865, and 1881-1884 include
transcriptions. There are no diaries for the years 1850-1854, 1864, 1869, and
|Box 18||Folder 14||Diary, August-October 1847
|Box 18||Folder 15||Transcription of August-October 1847 diary
|Box 18||Folder 16||Diary, October 1847-November 1848
|Box 18||Folders17-22||Transcription of October 1847-November 1848 diary
|Box 19||Folder 1||Diary, 1849 (with passport)
|Box 19||Folders 2-5||Transcription of 1849 diary
|Box 19||Folder 6||Diary, 1855
|Box 19||Folders 7-9||Transcription of 1855 diary
|Box 19||Folder 10||Diary, 1856
|Box 19||Folder 11||Papers removed from 1856 diary
|Box 19||Folders 12-14||Transcription of 1856 diary
|Box 20||Folder 1||Diary, 1857
|Box 20||Folders 2-4||Transcription of 1857 diary
|Box 20||Folder 5||Diary, 1858
|Box 20||Folders 6-8||Transcription of 1858 diary
|Box 20||Folder 9||Diary, 1859
|Box 20||Folders 10-12||Transcription of 1859 diary
|Box 20||Folder 9||Diary, 1860
|Box 20||Folders 13-15||Transcription of 1860 diary
|Box 21||Folder 1||Diary, 1861
|Box 21||Folders 2-4||Transcription of 1861 diary
|Box 21||Folder 1||Diary, 1862
This diary contains minimal entries.
|Box 21||Folder 5||Diary, 1863
|Box 21||Folders 6-8||Transcription of 1863 diary
|Box 21||Folder 9||Diaries, 1865
Saltonstall kept two diaries in 1865, a page-a-day diary (which has been
transcribed) and a smaller, pocket diary.
|Box 21||Folders 10-13||Transcription of 1865 diary
|Box 22||Folder 1||Diary, 1866
|Box 22||Folder 1||Diaries, 1867
Saltonstall kept two diaries in 1867, a page-a-day diary and a smaller,
|Box 22||Folder 2||Diary, 1868
|Box 22||Folder 2||Diary, 1870
|Box 22||Folder 2||Diary, 1871
|Box 22||Folder 3||Diary, 1872
|Box 22||Folder 3||Diary, 1873
|Box 22||Folder 3||Diary, 1874
|Box 22||Folder 4||Diary, 1875
|Box 22||Folder 4||Diary, 1876
|Box 22||Folder 5||Diary, 1877
|Box 22||Folder 5||Diary, 1878
|Box 22||Folder 6||Diary, 1879
|Box 22||Folder 6||Diary, 1880
|Box 22||Folder 7||Diary, 1881
|Box 22||Folder 7||Diary, 1882
|Box 22||Folder 8||Transcriptions of 1881 and 1882 diaries.
|Box 23||Folder 1||Diary, 1883
|Box 23||Folder 1||Diary, 1884
|Box 23||Folder 2||Papers removed from 1883 and 1884 diaries
|Box 23||Folder 3||Louise Carlisle's notes and transcription of 1883 diary
|Box 23||Folders 4-5||Transcriptions of 1883 and 1884 diaries
|Box 23||Folder 6||Diary, 1890
|Box 23||Folder 6||Diary, 1891
|Box 23||Folder 7||Diary, 1892
|Box 23||Folder 7||Diary, 1893
|Box 23||Folder 8||Diary, 1894
|Box 23||Folder 8||Diary, 1895
|D. Bound volumes,
Arranged chronologically and by format.
|1. Letterbooks, 1856-1895
This set of large letterbooks contains copies of primarily business
correspondence written by Leverett Saltonstall. A separate group of
letterbooks, entitled "Collector's Private or Personal Book," overlap in dates
with the "Saltonstall Letter Books," but the distinction between the two sets
of correspondence is unclear.
|Vol. 2||"Saltonstall Letter Book," 1856-1866
|Vol. 3||"Saltonstall Letter Book," 1872-1877
|Vol. 4||"Saltonstall #4," 1877-1882
|Vol. 5||"Saltonstall Letter Book," 1882-1886
|Vol. 6||"Collector's Private Book #1," 1885-1886
|Vol. 7||"Collector's Personal Book #2," 1886-1887
|Vol. 8||"Saltonstall Letter Book," 1887-1888
|Vol. 9||"Collector's Private Letters #4," June-November 1888
|Vol. 10||"Saltonstall Letter Book," 1888-1889
|Vol. 11||"Saltonstall Letter Book," 1889-1895
|2. Scrapbooks, 1866-1892
|Vol. 12||Newspaper clippings, 1866-1892
This scrapbook was compiled by Leverett Saltonstall, and contains
newsclippings related to his political career with the Mass. Democratic Party
and his position as collector of the Port of Boston from 1885-1890.
|Vol. 13||Florida election controversy scrapbook, 1876-1878
Entitled by Saltonstall "Florida Conspiracy - Fraudulent Return for Hayes
and Tilden 1876-1878. L. Saltonstall witness thereof," the scrapbook contains a
note inside the front cover stating, "These scraps and documents were collected
hastily after the Florida and Louisiana Fraud in 1876-78 by L. Saltonstall."
The volume contains several letters, as well as newsclippings and other printed
material related to the controversy surrounding Florida presidential electors
and Saltonstall's participation in the events that followed.
|Vol. 14||3. Exhibition register, Centennial International Exhibition,
This volume is the exhibition register for the Massachusetts pavilion at the
1876 Centennial International Exhibition in Philadelphia, listing companies and
exhibitors in the departments of Education, Science, Art, and Machinery.
Saltonstall served as the Massachusetts Commissioner to the U. S. Centennial,
and gave this volume to the Massachusetts Historical Society in 1885.
|III. Family papers,
This series contains the correspondence and papers of the Saltonstall family
of Haverhill, Salem, and Chestnut Hill (Brookline), Mass., including Haverhill
physician Nathaniel Saltonstall (1746-1815); his mother, Mary Cooke Saltonstall
Harrod; and his Loyalist brother Leverett Saltonstall (1754-1782). Also here
are the papers of Mary Elizabeth Sanders Saltonstall, the wife of Leverett
Saltonstall (1783-1845), Mary's daughters Anne and Caroline Saltonstall, and
other family members. The series also contains the papers of numerous
Saltonstall ancestors and related families, including members of the Leverett,
Cooke, and Sanders (Saunders) families, as well as several 16th and 17th
century deeds and papers related to the Saltonstalls that were collected by
Later family papers include those of Richard Middlecott Saltonstall, his
wife, Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall, and their children Eleanor "Nora" and
Leverett Saltonstall (1892-1979). The bulk of the correspondence of Richard,
his wife, and his son Leverett relates to family history and genealogy, and
includes extensive correspondence with family archivist Louise Emerson
Carlisle. Also in this series is the correspondence of the Lawrence family,
primarily that of Sarah Lawrence Brooks to her parents and brother, and the
Civil War papers of William Gurdon Saltonstall, including photocopies of the
letterbook of the U.S.S. Commodore Hull,
photocopies of letters to his mother, and his 1886 Civil War reminiscences.
Diaries in this series include Gurdon Saltonstall's 1745 journal of a
surveying trip to Long Island, New York; the 1840-1843 diaries of Anne E.
Saltonstall describing the political and social scene of Washington D.C., and
Endicott P. Saltonstall's yearly diaries kept from 1898 to 1922. Bound volumes
include the 1682-1685 court records of Judge Nathaniel Saltonstall
(1639?-1707); the estate records of Nathaniel Saltonstall (1746-1815) and
Thomas Sanders; the 1876-1882 Harvard scrapbook of Richard M. Saltonstall; and
the ca. 1911 library catalog of Endicott P. Saltonstall.
|A. Family notebook and folio collections,
This sub-series contains early Saltonstall family papers that were collected
primarily by Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845), his son Leverett Saltonstall
(1825-1895) and his grandson Richard Middlecott Saltonstall, who organized them
into a series of notebooks and folios. It includes 16th and 17th century
English deeds related to lands held by the Saltonstall family or their
ancestors, as well as papers of Saltonstall ancestors in the Leverett, Cooke,
and Sanders families. Among these are the military and political papers of John
Leverett (1616-1679), who fought for Oliver Cromwell in the English Civil War,
served as governor of Acadia (now Nova Scotia) and later, as governor of the
Massachusetts Bay Colony. View the web
presentation of a selection of John Leverett's military papers.
Papers of John Leverett (1662-1724), grandson of Gov. John Leverett and
president of Harvard College, are also found here.
Also found here are the papers of Dr. Nathaniel Saltonstall (1746-1815) of
Haverhill, Mass., including correspondence with Gen. Henry Knox concerning an
investment in Maine lands; the papers of Nathaniel Saltonstall (1784-1838), son
of Dr. Nathaniel Saltonstall; the family correspondence of Mary Elizabeth
Sanders Saltonstall, wife of Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845); the papers of
Mary's parents, Thomas and Elizabeth Elkins Sanders; and those of her brother,
Charles Sanders. The correspondence of Anne Elizabeth and Caroline Saltonstall,
daughters of Mary Elizabeth and Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845) is also found
Early documents (1524-1603) include transcriptions.
|Box 26||Folders 1-5||1817-1837
|Box 26||Folders 6-12||Nathaniel Saltonstall estate settlement papers,
|Box 26||Folders 13-22||1838-1844
|Box 26||Folders 23-31||Thomas Saunders estate settlement papers, 1844-1845
|B. Later family papers,
Correspondence and papers in this sub-series are primarily those of Richard
Middlecott Saltonstall, his son Leverett Saltonstall (1892-1979), and the
Saltonstall family archivist, Louise Emerson Carlisle, and largely relate to
family genealogy, history, portraits, and archival records. Non-genealogical
topics include Richard Saltonstall's engagement to Eleanor Brooks in 1891;
Richard's Harvard alumni activities; letters from Eleanor "Nora" Saltonstall to
her mother, Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall (1906) and to her family while she was
in Europe (1911-1912, 1914); correspondence related to the family's property in
Chestnut Hill, Mass.; correspondence related to the death and estate settlement
of Richard M. Saltonstall; and condolences on the death of Eleanor Brooks
Saltonstall in 1944.
Also here are awards and commendations, such as Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall's
World War II Citation for Meritorious Service and honorary degree from Tufts
University, and numerous political awards and recognitions of Leverett
Saltonstall, sent to Carlisle for inclusion in the family papers. Other
correspondents in this series include Peter Chardon Brooks; his daughter
Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall; and Eleanor "Nora" Saltonstall, daughter of Richard
M. and Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall. Letters to Richard from his Harvard
classmate, Theodore Roosevelt, are also here. View
the web presentation of Theodore Roosevelt's letters to the Saltonstall
Beginning about 1934, most of the correspondence in this series is that of
Louise Emerson Carlisle, who was hired by Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall after the
death of her husband to organize and research the family's genealogical papers.
Carlisle corresponded regularly with Eleanor and Eleanor's son, Leverett
Saltonstall, about family papers, portraits, silver, furniture, and other
heirlooms. During Leverett's service as governor of Massachusetts and U.S.
Senator, he and Carlisle corresponded almost daily concerning genealogical or
historical enquiries that came through his office or his personal
correspondence. Later correspondents include Leverett's children Muriel
Saltonstall Lewis and William L. Saltonstall.
|Box 32||1938-May 1941
|Box 33||Folders 1-20||June 1941-1944
|Box 33||Folders 21-34||Eleanor B. Saltonstall condolence letters A-H, 1944
|Box 34||Folders 1-15||Eleanor B. Saltonstall condolence letters J-W, 1944
|Box 34||Folders 16-35||1945-April 1954
|Box 35||May 1954-1958
|Box 36||Folders 1-17||1959-1985
|C. Brooks-Saltonstall family financial papers,
1833-1981 [bulk: 1890-1940]
CLOSED TO RESEARCHERS UNTIL 2015. THESE CARTONS ARE STORED OFFSITE.
This sub-series contains trust documents, deeds, mortgages, wills, and other
financial records related to the Brooks and Saltonstall families, as well as
information related to family owned properties in Chicago and
|Carton 1||SH11U9 0||Legal and financial records, 1833-1981
|Carton 2||SH11UA 1||Chicago property records, 1871-1964
|Carton 3||SH11UB 2||Massachusetts property records, 1883-1937
|Box 36||Folders 18-36||D. Lawrence family correspondence, 1845-1885
The bulk of Lawrence family correspondence is that of Sarah Lawrence Brooks
(1845-1915) to her mother, Sarah Appleton Lawrence; her father, Amos A.
Lawrence; and her brother Amory Appleton Lawrence. One folder consists of
letters from Amos A. Lawrence to his granddaughter Eleanor Brooks. The series
also contains a few related documents, such as Sarah's baptismal record. Sarah
Lawrence Brooks was the wife of Peter Chardon Brooks and the mother of Eleanor
|E. William Gurdon Saltonstall papers,
Arranged chronologically and by record type.
The papers of William Gurdon Saltonstall (1831-1889) include photocopies of
the letterbook of the USS Commodore Hull, of which
Saltonstall served as acting master commander during the siege of Washington,
North Carolina in April 1863. Also in this series are photocopies of
Saltonstall's letters to his mother, Caroline Sanders Saltonstall, which
describe his military experiences in great detail. The original letterbook and
letters are held by the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass.
Drafts of Saltonstall's autobiography and Civil War reminiscences are
written in pencil, or typed, with handwritten additions.
|Box 37||Folders 1-2||Letterbook, USS Commodore Hull,
Photocopies, originals are at PEM
|Box 37||Folders 3-6||Letters to Caroline Sanders Saltonstall, 1863-1865
Photocopies, originals at PEM
|Box 37||Folders 7-9||Autobiography (manuscript), 1886
|Box 37||Folders 10-12||Civil War reminiscences (typescript), 1886
|F. Family diaries,
|Box 37||Folder 13||1. Gurdon Saltonstall journal, 1745
A surveyor's notebook, Gurdon Saltonstall's 1745 journal contains details of
his trip from New London, Conn. to Brookhaven on Long Island, New York. It
discusses the divisions of land in Brookhaven, listing patents and conveyances,
and surveys of various plots of land. The journal also includes an account of
expenses incurred during the trip.
|Box 37||Folder 14||2. Middlecott Cooke diary, 1758
Middlecott Cooke (1705-1771) was the son of Jane Middlecott Cooke and Elisha
Cooke, Jr. His 1758 diary is written within an almanac and contains daily
accounts of the weather. Three entries on the back page, dated 12 Sept., 24
Oct. and 30 Oct. detail the movements of General Amherst's army after the Siege
|3. Anne E. Saltonstall diaries, 1840-1843
This set of diaries was written by Anne Elizabeth Saltonstall (1812-1881),
the daughter of Mary Elizabeth and Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845). The
diaries chronicle Anne's experiences in Washington, D.C. where her father
served as a U.S. representative from Massachusetts, and includes her
impressions of the city and Congress, her social activities, her trip to the
Whig Convention in Baltimore in May 1840, her deep admiration for Henry Clay,
and her friendship with Julia Henderson, daughter of Sen. John Henderson of
Mississippi. Diaries from March-May 1840 are small bound volumes that include
transcriptions by Saltonstall Papers editor Robert
E. Moody. Later diaries are more sporadic, and consist of larger, unbound
|Box 37||Folder 15||Diary, 17 March-2 May 1840
|Box 37||Folders 16-17||Transcription of 17 March-2 May 1840 diary
|Box 37||Folder 15||Diary, 3-26 May 1840
|Box 37||Folders 18-19||Transcription of 3-26 May 1840 diary
|Box 37||Folder 20||Diary, 22 June-21 November 1840
|Box 37||Folder 21||Diary, ca. February 1841
|Box 37||Folder 22||Diary, 1 July-2 August 1842
|Box 37||Folder 23||Diary, 21 August-18 October 1842
|Box 37||Folder 24||Diary, 22 October-7 December 1842
|Box 37||Folder 25||Diary, 8 December 1842-24 February 1843
|Box 37||Folder 26||Diary, November-December 1843
|Box 37||Folder 27||4. Eleanor B. Saltonstall infant diary, 1892-1897
In this diary, Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall (1867-1961) recorded information
about her son Leverett Saltonstall (1892-1979) from birth to 19 months. The
volume also contains information about her other children, Eleanor, Muriel, and
Richard, including weights, heights, teething, and feeding habits.
|5. Endicott P. Saltonstall diaries, 1898-1922
Endicott Peabody Saltonstall (1872-1922) was the son of Rose Lee and
Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895), and the brother of Richard Middlecott
Saltonstall. His page-a-day diaries, which he kept from the age of 26 until his
death at age 50, chronicle his daily activities as well as weather, current
events, and travel. Several contain newsclippings or photographs pasted onto
|Box 38||Folder 1||Diary, 1898
|Box 38||Folder 1||Diary, 1899
|Box 38||Folder 2||Diary, 1900
|Box 38||Folder 2||Diary, 1901
|Box 38||Folder 3||Diary, 1902
|Box 38||Folder 3||Diary, 1903
|Box 38||Folder 4||Diary, 1904
|Box 38||Folder 4||Diary, 1905
|Box 38||Folder 5||Diary, 1906
|Box 38||Folder 5||Diary, 1907
|Box 39||Folder 1||Diary, 1908
|Box 39||Folder 1||Diary, 1909
|Box 39||Folder 2||Diary, 1910
|Box 39||Folder 2||Diary, 1911
|Box 39||Folder 3||Diary, 1912
|Box 39||Folder 3||Diary, 1913
|Box 39||Folder 4||Diary, 1914
|Box 39||Folder 4||Diary, 1915
|Box 40||Folder 1||Diary, 1916
|Box 40||Folder 1||Diary, 1917
|Box 40||Folder 2||Diary, 1918
|Box 40||Folder 2||Diary, 1919
|Box 40||Folder 3||Diary, 1920
|Box 40||Folder 3||Diary, 1921
|Box 40||Folder 4||Diary, 1922
|G. Bound volumes,
|Box 41||Folder 1||Court records of Nathaniel Saltonstall, 1682-1685
This volume contains the court records of Nathaniel Saltonstall (1639?-1707)
who served as a magistrate in Haverhill, Mass. from 1678 to 1686. The docket is
printed in MHS Proceedings, 79 (1967):
|Box 41||Folder 2||Elizabeth Elkins Sanders copy book, 1777
This copy book includes extracts of philosophical and religious essays and
poems copied by fifteen-year-old Elizabeth Elkins (1762-1851) in 1777.
|Box 41||Folder 3||Nathaniel Saltonstall estate settlement book, 1815-1817
Recorded in this ledger are the income and expenses incurred in the
settlement of the estate of Dr. Nathaniel Saltonstall (1746-1815) of Haverhill,
Mass., the father of Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845).
|Box 41||Folder 4||Elizabeth Elkins Sanders copy book, ca. 1840
This volume contains extracts of essays and poems copied by Elizabeth Elkins
Sanders (1762-1851), as well as a draft of her will.
|Box 41||Folder 5||Thomas Sanders estate settlement account book, 1844-1848
Included in this volume are trust accounts set up by Thomas Sanders
(1753-1844) of Salem, Mass. for his children Charles Sanders, Mary Elizabeth
Saltonstall, and Caroline Saltonstall.
|Box 41||Folder 6||Charles Sanders account book, 1846-1860
This volume contains the accounts of the sale of Thomas Sanders's estate and
the Elizabeth (Elkins) Sanders trust fund, of which Charles Sanders (b. 1783)
was a trustee.
|Box 41||Folder 7||Charles Sanders account book, 1852-1858
Charles Sanders (b. 1783) used this small book as a "memorandum of
|Vol. 15||Richard M. Saltonstall Harvard scrapbook, 1876-1882
Compiled by Richard M. Saltonstall during his years at Harvard University,
this scrapbook contains printed college notices, report cards, theatre bills,
and material related to courses, social events, the Delta Kappa Epsilon
fraternity, the Porcellian Club, and other Harvard activities.
|Box 41||Folder 8||Notebook of Robert Codman Cobb, 1906
The student notebook of Robert Codman Cobb, a Noble and Greenough School
classmate of Leverett Saltonstall (1892-1979), contains cartoon-like sketches
of Saltonstall as well as several diary entries.
|Vol. 16||Endicott P. Saltonstall library catalog, ca. 1911
This volume contains of list of books in the library of Endicott Peabody
Saltonstall (1872-1922), many of which were previously held by Endicott's
father, Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895).
|IV. Family history and genealogy,
This series consists of the family history and genealogy researched and
collected by various members of the Saltonstall family, beginning with the
research of Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845) in preparation for his historical
sketch of Haverhill, Mass. Other genealogical information was compiled and
commissioned by Leverett's children Caroline Saltonstall (1815-1883) and
Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895), including that of professional genealogists
H. B. Somersby, who researched the family's British ancestry, and George
Phippen, who researched the descendants of Sir Richard Saltonstall in England
and the United States. A large portion of this series relates to the
publication of Leverett Saltonstall's Ancestry and
Descendants of Sir Richard Saltonstall, including research, drafts,
proof sheets, publication expenses, a distribution list, and additions and
corrections made after Saltonstall's death. Research of genealogist J. Gardner
Bartlett, hired by Leverett's son Richard Middlecott Saltonstall to make
corrections to his father's work, is also found here.
Also in this series are the research notes of Louise Emerson Carlisle, the
Saltonstall family archivist who studied and arranged the family papers for
Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall and her son, Leverett Saltonstall (1892-1979). Other
genealogical information includes a 1930 article by Robert Saltonstall Miller,
a scrapbook related to the Saltonstall family homestead in Haverhill, Mass., a
personal memoir by Robert Saltonstall describing a family reunion in England in
1986, a scrapbook related to the Saltonstall family and their history in Salem,
Mass., and genealogical material related to the Brooks, Mickle, and Cabot-Orne
families. In addition, miscellaneous undated notes, memos, and pedigrees
compiled by Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895) and his children are also located
|A. Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845), "Historic Sketch of Haverhill,"
Arranged by record type.
Contained in this sub-series are undated genealogical and historical notes
and memos written by Leverett Saltonstall and others. A draft of Saltonstall's
essay about the history of Haverhill, Mass. is also found here. See also
Saltonstall's March 1815 correspondence with James Merrill, which discusses the
sketch. Saltonstall's essay was printed anonymously in 1816 as "An Historical
Sketch of Haverhill, in the County of Essex and Commonwealth of Massachusetts:
with Biographical Notices" in MHS Collections,
2nd Ser., 4: 121-176.
|Box 42||Folders 1-9||Notes, ca. 1816
|Box 42||Folder 10||Draft, 1816
|Box 42||Folders 11-17||B. Genealogical material collected by Caroline Saltonstall,
Caroline Saltonstall (1815-1883), sister of Leverett Saltonstall
(1825-1895), organized this collection of material with a note to give it to
her brother upon her death. The documents, most of which are written in
Caroline's hand, contain sketches of family ancestors including her father,
Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845), historic places of interest, and genealogical
|Box 42||Folder 18||C. H. B. Somersby, "Saltonstall Genealogy,"
This bound volume contains H. B. Somersby's extracts of 16th and 17th
century wills of Saltonstall ancestors, extracts from parish registers,
pedigrees, family trees, and other extracts copied from British records.
Somersby was employed by Caroline Saltonstall and Leverett Saltonstall
(1825-1895) to research the family genealogy in England.
|D. George Phippen, genealogical research,
This sub-series contains two essays written by Salem genealogist George
Phippen, who was employed by Caroline Saltonstall and Leverett Saltonstall
(1825-1895) to research their family history. One article discusses the origin
of the name and family of Saltonstall, and the other outlines the ancestry and
descendants of Sir Richard Saltonstall, one of the founders of Watertown, Mass.
Included in the second article are family pedigrees, list of authorities and
sources, Saltonstall residences in England, biographical information about Sir
Richard Saltonstall, his children, and later descendants including Caroline and
Leverett's father, Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845). Also included is
biographical and genealogical information about the Ward, Cooke, and other
related families. See also Family papers (Series III) to find correspondence
between Caroline Saltonstall and Phippen.
|Box 42||Folder 19||"Origin of the Name and Family of Saltonstall," 1855
|Box 42||Folders 20-25||"Ancestry and Descendants of Sir Richard Saltonstall,"
|E. Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895), "Saltonstall Genealogy,"
Arranged chronologically and by record type.
These documents include the research, drafts, and records associated with
the writing and publication of Leverett Saltonstall's Ancestry and Descendants of Sir Richard Saltonstall, First
Associate of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and Patentee of Connecticut.
Saltonstall died in 1895 before the book was completed, and his son Richard
Middlecott Saltonstall completed it and had it privately printed by Riverside
Press in Cambridge, Mass. in 1897. Included here are Leverett Saltonstall's
research notes; a bound volume of handwritten notes (not in Saltonstall's hand)
entitled "Data for Saltonstall Genealogy"; "Directions and Suggestions" written
by Leverett Saltonstall to his publishers in case something happened to him
before the book went to press (it did); bills and receipts for the production
of the printed volume; and a distribution list indicating who should receive
copies of the book. An 1895 draft, proof sheets with engravings, and a
bibliography are also part of the series. Corrections and additions were sent
to the publisher after the original publication in 1897. MHS holds two copies
of the published volume in its collections.
|Box 42||Folders 26-29||Research, ca. 1880-1895
|Vol. 17||"Data for Saltonstall genealogy," ca. 1894
|Box 42||Folders 30-32||Bills and receipts, 1894-1897
|Box 43||Folders 1-10||Draft, 1895
|Vol. 18||Proof sheets, 1895
Printed, with engravings.
|Box 43||Folder 11||Bibliography, 1895
|Box 43||Folder 12||"Directions and suggestions," 1895
|Box 43||Folder 13||Coat of arms, 1896
|Box 43||Folder 14||Distribution list, ca. 1897
|Box 43||Folders 15-17||Additions and corrections, 1897-1904
|F. J. Gardner Bartlett, genealogical research,
Genealogist J. Gardner Bartlett was hired by Richard Middlecott Saltonstall
to make corrections to Ancestry and Descendants of Sir
Richard Saltonstall, compiled by his father, Leverett Saltonstall
(1825-1895). This series contains notes from Bartlett's genealogical research,
primarily pedigree charts. Bartlett's completed "Historical Genealogy of the
Saltonstall Family in England and America" is a typed, bound manuscript with
photographs pasted into the volume.
|Box 43||Folders 18-19||Loose papers, 1921
|Vol. 19||"Historical Genealogy of the Saltonstall Family in England and
America," ca. 1921
|Box 43||Folder 20||G. Robert Saltonstall Miller genealogical article,
Entitled "Excerpts from an article on the Saltonstall Family written by
Robert Saltonstall Miller of London, England, February 6th, 1930," this
typescript also contains the penciled notations of Louise Emerson Carlisle,
assistant to Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall.
|Vol. 20||H. Saltonstall-How house scrapbook,
This scrapbook of articles and images related to the Saltonstall homestead
in Haverhill, Mass. was compiled by A. L. Bartlett and presented to Leverett
Saltonstall (1892-1979) in 1932.
|I. Louise Emerson Carlisle papers,
Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall employed Louise Emerson Carlisle as an assistant
after the death of her husband, Richard Middlecott Saltonstall, in 1922 to
organize the Saltonstall family papers and research the Saltonstall genealogy.
Carlisle later served Sen. Leverett Saltonstall (1892-1979), Eleanor's son, in
a similar capacity. Carlisle's genealogical papers contain undated research
notes, pedigrees, extracts from historical articles and vital records. Also
included is her research on Gurdon Saltonstall, governor of Connecticut
(1666-1724), as well as the Lee, Brooks, Chardon, Sanders, and Rogers families.
Genealogical and social correspondence between Carlisle and Bertha E. Sturgis
is also located here. See also Series III, Family papers, for Carlisle's
extensive correspondence with Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall and Leverett
Saltonstall, and Series VII, Collection history, for Carlisle's research on
Saltonstall family portraits, artifacts, silver, books, and manuscripts.
|Box 43||Folders 21-35||Genealogical research, ca. 1935-1950
|Box 43||Folders 36-37||Correspondence with Bertha E. Sturgis, 1958-1960
|Box 44||Folder 1||J. Robert Saltonstall, "Rekindling Saltonstall Family Ties,"
This personal memoir by Robert Saltonstall describes his interest in family
history, and includes genealogical material, family pedigrees, photographs,
places of interest to Saltonstalls in England, and a report about the
Saltonstall family reunion in England in 1986.
|Box 44||Folder 2||K. Brooks family genealogy,
This transcript records a talk given by an unknown speaker in Boston in June
1998. Although the transcript in entitled "Genealogy: Peter Chardon Brooks,"
the talk discusses early Brooks family history, beginning with Thomas Brooks's
arrival in Watertown, Mass. in 1630.
|Box 44||Folders 3-4||L. Saltonstall family scrapbook (Saltonstall School),
This scrapbook was created by Timothy Peter Erps, a student at Saltonstall
Elementary School in Salem, Mass., and his grandfather Peter Doyle, a retired
principal at the school. It consists of photocopied newsclippings, printed
reports, and typed articles about the history of the Saltonstall family, Salem,
and Saltonstall School.
|Box 44||Folders 5-7||M. Miscellaneous genealogical material,
The miscellaneous genealogical material contained here is largely undated.
It includes excerpts from numerous genealogical sources, notes, lists, and
family pedigrees written in various hands, including that of Leverett
Saltonstall (1825-1895). Although some of the material relates to Sir Richard
Saltonstall (1586-1661), much of the material describes genealogies of families
not directly related to the Saltonstalls.
|Box 44||Folders 8-15||N. Genealogical material from Notebook 43, n.d.
Similar to the miscellaneous genealogical material described above,
documents in this subseries include excerpts from genealogical sources,
pedigrees, lists, and research notes about the Saltonstall family and families
both directly and indirectly related to them. This material was originally
housed in one of the "Tengwell volumes" or notebooks, compiled by Leverett
Saltonstall (1825-1895). Some of the research notes are written in
|Box 44||Folders 16-20||O. Mickle-Saltonstall genealogy (photocopies), n.d.
This undated genealogy is a photocopy of a 200-page bound manuscript of "A
Record of Verified Ancestral Pedigrees showing the Lineal Descent of Sophie
Forrest Mickle-Saltonstall and Muriel Winthrop Saltonstall."
|Box 44||Folder 21||P. Cabot-Orne genealogy (photocopies), n.d.
The Cabot-Orne genealogy consists of photocopies of 19th century documents,
including a letter containing the pedigree of the Cabot family, with copies of
supporting documents and notes.
|V. Printed material,
This series contains the printed speeches and memorials of Leverett
Saltonstall (1783-1845) and his son Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895), printed
genealogical material related to the Saltonstall family, and other
miscellaneous printed records. See also the oversized scrapbook in Series VIII,
|A. Material related to Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845),
Arranged chronologically and by record type.
Included here are an 1830 Massachusetts House of Representatives Judiciary
Committee report written by committee chair Leverett Saltonstall; a copy of the
1836 speech Saltonstall delivered to the City Council upon becoming Salem's
first mayor; copies of several speeches that Saltonstall delivered in the U. S.
House of Representatives (1839-1842); and other addresses and reports written
by Saltonstall. Also in this series are obituaries and memorials written about
Leverett Saltonstall after his death in 1845, including that of Benjamin
Merrill, published in MHS Collections, Series
III, 9: 117-125.
|1. Reports and speeches, 1830-1844
|Box 45||Folder 1||Commonwealth of Massachusetts, House . . . No.
61, Boston, 1830
Mass. Judiciary Committee report
|Box 45||Folder 2||Leverett Saltonstall, Address to City Council
at organization of city government in Salem, Salem, Mass.,
|Box 45||Folder 3||Speech of Mr. Leverett Saltonstall of
Massachusetts on the New Jersey case, Washington, D.C., 1839
|Box 45||Folder 4||Speech of Mr. Leverett Saltonstall of
Massachusetts in reply to Mr. Parmenter, Washington, D.C.,
|Box 45||Folder 5||Speech of Mr. Leverett Saltonstall of
Massachusetts upon the tariff bills, Washington, D.C., 1842
|Box 45||Folder 6||Leverett Saltonstall, An address before the
Essex Agricultural Society, Salem, Mass., 1843
|Box 45||Folder 7||Commonwealth of Massachusetts, House . . . No.
24, Boston, 1844
Bell Plot" investigation report
|Box 45||Folder 8||Commonwealth of Massachusetts, House . . . No.
13, Boston, 1844
Mass. judges salary report.
|2. Memorials, 1845-1846
|Box 45||Folder 9||John Brazer, Discourse on the Life and
Character of the Late Hon. Leverett Saltonstall, Salem, Mass.,
|Box 45||Folder 10||Miscellaneous obituaries and memorials, May 1845
|Box 45||Folder 11||Benjamin Merrill, Notice of the Life of Hon.
Leverett Saltonstall, Boston, 1846
|B. Material related to Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895),
Arranged chronologically and by record type.
This printed material includes a copy of a speech made by Leverett
Saltonstall in his capacity as Massachusetts commissioner of the U. S.
Centennial Commission during the centennial celebration at Independence Hall in
Philadelphia, Penn. on 2 July 1876; a reprint of Saltonstall's 1885
"Reminiscences of Salem," published by the Essex Institute in 1945; and a copy
of a speech given at the commencement exercises of the Perkins Institution and
Massachusetts School for the Blind ca. 1887. Also here are several memorials
written after Saltonstall's death, including those printed in the
Transactions of the Colonial Society of
Massachusetts, and the Proceedings of the
Massachusetts Historical Society.
|1. Speeches and writings,
|Box 45||Folder 12||100th Anniversary of the Introduction of
Resolutions Respecting Independency (containing speech of Saltonstall),
|Box 45||Folder 13||Reminiscences of Salem,
|Box 45||Folder 14||"Address on the Kindergarten," Perkins Institute for the Blind, ca.
|Box 45||Folders 15-18||2. Memorials,
|C. Printed genealogical material,
Material in this sub-series includes printed genealogies of Saltonstall
ancestors and related families, historical essays, reprints from genealogical
and historical journals, and newspaper clippings.
|Box 46||Folders 1-5||Loose papers, 1860-1939
|Mss. Extra-Large||Genealogical chart, ca. 1900
|D. Miscellaneous printed material,
This sub-series contains a brief biography of Rev. John E. Abbot
(1793-1819), Salem minister and friend of Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845); an
1829 rule book for the Mass. House of Representatives given to Leverett
Saltonstall (1892-1979) when he served as Mass. speaker of the house; Elizabeth
Elkins Sanders's copy of Report of a Visit to Some of
the Tribes of Indians, located West of the Mississippi River (1843) and
an 1846 copy of Elizabeth Elkins Sanders's own Tract on
Missions, originally published in 1844 when Sanders was 82. Several
articles on Saltonstall family portraits, including a 1962 exhibition catalog
from the Peabody Museum in Salem, Mass., are found here, as well as a copy of
the 1979 memorial of Leverett Saltonstall (1892-1979) published in the
Additional printed material includes a ca. 1754 pamphlet regarding the
plaintiffs' case in a trial involving land that is now part of the state of
Maine; documents related to Harvard University commencements, exhibitions, and
reunions; a souvenir booklet of Grover Cleveland's Inaugural Ball (1885); an
invitation to the memorial service for Ulysses S. Grant; political
newsclippings; various memorials and obituaries; and pamphlets related to
several town and church celebrations. The bulk of 20th century material is
|Box 46||Folder 6||Sketch of Life and Character of Rev. John E.
|Box 46||Folder 7||Rules and Orders of the House of
Representatives for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,
|Box 46||Folder 8||Report of Visit to Some of the Tribes of
Indians . . .,1843
|Box 46||Folder 9||Tract on Missions, Elizabeth Elkins
|Box 46||Folder 10||Saltonstall portraits,
|Box 46||Folder 11||Sen. Leverett Saltonstall memorial, Congressional Record,
|Box 46||Folders 12-29||Miscellaneous,
|VI. Unrelated papers,
This series contains documents that have an undetermined or questionable
connection to the Saltonstall family. Some of the documents may have belonged
to an unidentified family member, some may have been collected for historic
interest, and others appear to have been given as gifts to Sen. Leverett
Saltonstall (1892-1979) by constituents and friends.
|Box 47||Folder 1||A. Sermon notes,
Included here are two booklets of sermon notes written in an unidentified
hand, containing sermons that are dated 23 Feb. 1692, 10 Oct. 1697, 1698, 12
Oct. 1741, and 12 Nov. 1741.
|Box 47||Folder 2||B. "Mr. Morton's System of
Transcribed by an unknown student, this manuscript notebook is a copy of "A
Logick System" by Charles Morton (1627-1698). Morton was a non-conformist
minister and educator who taught his classes in English, and had students copy
his systems for physics, ethics, logic and other courses into notebooks for
further study. He probably wrote this work between 1675-1685, when he taught at
Newington Academy near London. In 1686, he emigrated to Massachusetts to teach
at Harvard College, becoming a fellow and the college's first vice president.
This notebook, copied in 1694, was most likely that of a Harvard student. It
may have become part of this collection among the papers of Elisha Cooke, Jr.
(1678-1737), who attended Harvard from 1694-1697, or John Leverett (1662-1724),
later president of Harvard University from 1708-1724, who taught at the college
beginning in 1685. This notebook is believed to be only one of five manuscript
copies of Morton's work. See "Aristotelian and Cartesian Logic at Harvard:
Charles Morton's 'A Logic System' and William Brattle's 'Compendium of
Logick'", Rick Kennedy ed., Publications of the Colonial
Society of Massachusetts, Vol. 67: Boston, 1995.
|Box 47||Folder 3||C. David Hitchcock papers,
David K. Hitchcock (1813-1895) of Newton and Boston, Mass. was a prominent
dentist. Harvard educated, he served as a Republican in the Massachusetts
legislature about 1854. One of the directors of the American Peace Society,
Hitchcock educated the dentist to the Sultan of Turkey, and was recognized by
the Turkish government. The connection with the Saltonstall family is unknown.
Papers include letters from Charles Sumner (1856), former president Ulysses S.
Grant in his capacity as president of the Mexican Southern Railroad in New York
(1881), and Massachusetts governor Oliver Ames (1887). Other papers include
political and social correspondence and an 1862 commission as justice of the
|D. Young Men's Democratic Club of Massachusetts, Elections Committee
This subseries contains an account book and meeting record book of the
Elections Committee of the Young Men's Democratic Club of Massachusetts. The
club was founded in 1887 "to foster and disseminate Democratic principles and
to help elect honest men." The volumes may have belonged to Richard Middlecott
Saltonstall, who was a member in the late 1890s, but his name does not appear
in the volumes and they are not written in his hand. See
also MHS collection Ms. N-505: Young Men's Democratic Club of Massachusetts,
|Vol. 21||Account book, 1892-1907
|Vol. 22||Record book, 1893-1907
|Box 47||Folders 4-9||E. Miscellaneous unrelated records, 1669-1844
Records include the 1669 will of William Everton of Charlestown, Mass.,
several 1682 warrants and notices from Daniel Gookin related to the arrest and
trial of a Native American in Natick, Mass., two letters from John Higginson of
Salem (1694), a notice from Lt. Gov. William Stoughton to Capt. Stephen Sewall
and John Higginson of Salem (1695), 18th century copies of letters from Queen
Anne of England to Princess Sophia (1714), and other miscellaneous letters,
appointments, accounts and notices.
|VII. Collection history,
Lists and notes in this series were largely compiled by Louise Emerson
Carlisle, assistant to Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall and later, Sen. Leverett
Saltonstall (1892-1979). Also in the series is correspondence related to the
ca. 1704 Leverett quilt.
|Box 47||Folders 10-20||A. Collection lists,
Included here are lists of documents as they were originally organized into
folios, including an early undated list, a 1937 list of items which were kept
in a vault in the office of Leverett Saltonstall (1892-1979), and Louise
Emerson Carlisle's handwritten list of documents (1939). Other lists include:
an inventory of the Ward Collection, Saltonstall family papers given to MHS by
Robert Saltonstall Ward in 1933 and now integrated into the Saltonstall family
papers; lists of artifacts and photographs; lists of material kept at the
Saltonstall home in Chestnut Hill, Mass. (1934-1937), and lists of papers kept
in "Tengwell volumes" (1959).
|Box 47||Folders 21-36||B. Louise E. Carlisle research,
Arranged chronologically and by subject.
Carlisle's research notes include handwritten information about portraits,
artifacts, silver, books, manuscripts, and pamphlets in the collection,
compiled from 1937 to 1963.
|Box 47||Folder 37||C. Leverett Quilt papers,
This sub-series contains the correspondence of Leverett Saltonstall
(1892-1979) and his son, William L. Saltonstall with various museums,
historical societies, and appraisers concerning a silk quilt made ca. 1704 by
Sara Sedgwick Leverett, wife of Gov. John Leverett. The quilt, now in the
possession of the Peabody Essex Museum, was originally backed by late 17th
century letters and a 1701 Harvard College catalog. MHS holds the catalog and
|VIII. Oversize material,
The oversize material in boxes 1-5 has been removed from the collection and
replaced with removal forms. Documents have been housed chronologically, with
the exception of the ca. 1761 plan of Crown Point, which is stored in OS Box 1
because of its size. All genealogical material, the bulk of which consists of
charts and pedigrees, is stored in oversize box 5.
The oversize scrapbook contains printed material, with the exception of two
genealogical charts compiled by George Phippen. Included are newspapers and
newspaper clippings from the 1780s to the 1940s, and several awards and honors
presented to Leverett Saltonstall (1892-1979) in the 1950s, including an
invitation to the presidential inauguration of Dwight D. Eisenhower. The
scrapbook is heavily annotated by family archivist Louise Emerson Carlisle.
|OS Box 1||Folders 1-5||Saltonstall family papers,
|OS Box 1||Folder 6||Plan of Crown Point,
|OS Box 2||Saltonstall family papers,
|OS Box 3||Saltonstall family papers,
|OS Box 4||Saltonstall family papers, 1914-1962
|OS Box 5||Genealogical material, n.d.
|OS Vol.||Scrapbook, 1787-1954
Saltonstall family papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in
the online catalog of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Researchers
desiring materials about related persons, organizations, or subjects should
search the catalog using these headings.
|Brooks, Peter Chardon, 1767-1849.
|Cass, Lewis, 1782-1866.
|Choate, Rufus, 1799-1859.
|Cushing, Caleb, 1800-1879.
|Everett, Edward, 1794-1865.
|Gorham, John, 1783-1829.
|King, Daniel Putnam, 1801-1850.
|Lincoln, Levi, 1782-1868.
|Minot, William, 1783-1873.
|Prescott, William, 1762-1844.
|Quincy, Josiah, 1772-1864.
|Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919.
|Saltonstall, Eleanor, 1894-1919.
|Saltonstall, Endicott Peabody,
|Saltonstall, Gurdon, 1666-1724.
|Saltonstall, Leverett, 1783-1845.
|Saltonstall, Leverett, 1825-1895.
|Saltonstall, Leverett, 1892-1979.
|Saltonstall, Mary Elizabeth Sanders,
|Saltonstall, Nathaniel, 1746-1815.
|Saltonstall, Richard, 1610-1694.
|Saltonstall, Richard, 1794-1836.
|Saltonstall, Richard Middlecott,
|Saltonstall, William Gurdon,
|Shaw, Lemuel, 1781-1861.
|Story, Joseph, 1779-1845.
|Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852.
|Winthrop, Robert Charles, 1809-1894.
|Commodore Hull (Schooner).
|Harvard College (1636-1780)--Class of
|Harvard College (1780- )--Class of
|Harvard College (1780- )--Class of
|Harvard College (1780- )--Class of
|Harvard College (1780- )--Class of
|Harvard University--Board of
|Massachusetts--General Court--House of
|Phillips Exeter Academy.
|United States--Collector of Customs (Boston,
|United States--Navy--History--Civil War,
|Democratic Party (Mass.)
|Democratic Party (U.S.)
|United States--History--Civil War,
|United States--History--Civil War,
|United States--Politics and