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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Related Materials in the Huntington Library
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Collection of Benjamin Franklin materials
    Dates (inclusive): 1750-1787
    Collection Number: mssFranklin
    Creator: Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
    Extent: 38 items in 1 box (1.17 linear feet)
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection consists of various manuscripts and letters by, to, and about American diplomat Benjamin Franklin assembled at the Huntington Library.
    Language: English.

    Access

    RESTRICTED. Available with curatorial approval. Requires extended retrieval and delivery time.

    Administrative Information

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Collection of Benjamin Franklin materials, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Provenance

    The collection was assembled from various sources. More information can be found in the item descriptions, when available.

    Biographical Note

    Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was an author, inventor, diplomat, politician, and scientist.

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists of various manuscripts and letters by, to, and about American diplomat Benjamin Franklin assembled at the Huntington Library. The materials date from 1750 to 1787. Additional Franklin manuscripts housed separately are listed in the Related Materials section of this finding aid.

    Related Materials in the Huntington Library

    Other manuscript material by or addressed to Benjamin Franklin

    • Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790. Benjamin Franklin autobiography   (call number: HM 9999)
    • Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790. Benjamin Franklin's account books [microform]  (call number: MSS MFilm 00722). Microfilm from originals in the American Philosophical Society and the Pennsylvania Historical Society
    • 1775 February 10. Franklin, Benjamin. Letter to unidentified addressee. London, England. Autograph letter signed, 1 page, in Signers of the Declaration of Independence collection of letters, 1729-1905   (call number: EM 45, vol. 5)
    • 1776 May 11. Carroll, John. Letter to Benjamin Franklin. Autograph letter signed (call number: HM 22517) in the Canadiana collection  
    • 1779 January. [Adams, John, and Benjamin Franklin and Arthur Lee]. Letter to [Charles Gravier], Comte de Vergennes (Contemporary copy, unsigned) (Call number: HM 41567) in the Edward Davis Townsend papers  
    • 1779 November. LaVauguyon, Duc de. Letter to Benjamin Franklin. Autograph letter signed (call number: HM 22558) in the John Paul Jones File  
    • 1783 January 20. Adams, John, and Benjamin Franklin. Declaration for Cessation of Hostilities between Great Britain and America (call number: HM 25767) in Great Britain. Cabinet. Collection of Minutes, letters of Thos. Townshend, & a Declaration of the U.S. Ministers ... (call number: HM 25756-25767, 80765, 80766)
    • Pennsylvania. Supreme Executive Council. Deed to Vincent M. Pelose, 1786 May 29.   Signed by Benjamin Franklin (call number: HM 49488)
    • Cooper, Samuel, 1725-1783. Samuel Cooper papers, 1718-1798   (mssCO) includes letters to Franklin:
      • Cooper, Samuel. Letter to Benjamin Franklin. 1777 March 28 (CO 15)
      • Cooper, Samuel. Letter to Benjamin Franklin. 1777 October 25 (CO 17)
      • Cooper, Samuel. Letter to Benjamin Franklin. 1778 November (CO 1)
      • Cooper, Samuel. Letter to Benjamin Franklin. 1782 December 21 (CO 26)
      • Adams, John. Letter to Benjamin Franklin. 1783 September 13 (CO 36)
    • Loudoun, John Campbell, Earl of, 1705-1782. Loudoun papers : Americana, 1682-1780   (call number: mssLO) contains letters either to Franklin or that mention Franklin:
      • Braddock, Edward. Letter to Sir Thomas Robinson that mentions Franklin. 1755 June 5 (LO 581)
      • Parsons, William. Letter to Benjamin Franklin. 1756 June 19 (LO 1225)
      • Abercromby, James. Letter to John Campbell, 4th Earl of Loudoun, that mentions Franklin. 1756 July 22 (LO 1237)
      • Loudoun, John Campbell, Earl of. Letter to Benjamin Franklin. 1757 February 20 (LO 2870)
    • Montagu, Mrs. (Elizabeth), 1718-1800. Elizabeth Montagu papers, 1688-1800   (call number: mssMO) contains copy of a portion of a letter from Franklin:
      • Franklin, Benjamin. Letter to Madame B. 1778, Sept. 28. Embedded in an incomplete letter to an unidentified addressee (MO 6836)

    Letters and manuscripts that mention Franklin

    Facsimiles of Franklin manuscripts

    • Max Farrand papers   (call numbers: mssFAR) includes photocopies of letters by Franklin:
      • FAR Box 19 (5) Franklin, Benjamin. Letters to Catherine Ray Greene. 1755-1778. Photocopies of 8 autograph letters signed.
      • FAR Box 19 (10) Franklin, Benjamin. Letter to Anna Maria Shipley. 1779 March 25. Passy, France Photocopy of autograph letter signed.
      • FAR Box 19 (3) Franklin, Benjamin. Letter to [William Bartram]. 1769 July 9. London, England. Photocopy of autograph letter signed. 1 page.
      • FAR Box 19 (8) Franklin, Benjamin. Letter to Humphrey Marshall. 1771 April 22. London, England. Photocopy of autograph letter signed.
      • FAR Box 19 Franklin, Benjamin. Memoirs de B. Franklin (Le Veillard’s translation of the Autobiography). 1771-1789. Positive and negative Photostats of manuscript (206 pages), in French.
      • FAR Box 19 (7) Franklin, Benjamin. Letters to Jan Ingenhauss. 1781-1785. Passy, France. Photocopy of 2 autograph letters signed.
      • FAR Box 19 (6) Franklin, Benjamin. Letter to David Hartley. 1782 September 2. Passy, France. Photocopy of autograph letter signed.
      • FAR Box 19 (9) Franklin, Benjamin. Letter to Richard Oswald. 1782 November 26. Passy, France. Photocopy of autograph letter signed.
      • FAR Box 19 (4) Franklin, Benjamin. Letter to Matthew Carey. 1786 August 10. Photocopy of autograph letter signed. 1 page.
    • FAC 752 Galloway, Joseph. Letter to William Franklin mentioning Benjamin Franklin [FACSIMILE]. 1773 November 25.
    • FAC 751 Franklin, William. Letter to Benjamin Franklin. 1775 August 14
    • FAC 474-477 Franklin, Benjamin. Letter to Silas Deane. 1776-1777 France Facsimiles of 4 letters
    • FAC 753-756 Walpole, Thomas. Letter to Benjamin Franklin. 1777 February–December Facsimiles.
    • FAC 750 Bancroft, Edward . Letter to Benjamin Franklin. 1777 March 4 Facsimile

    Arrangement

    The collection is arranged chronologically in one box.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

    Personal Names

    Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790 -- Archives.
    Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790 -- Autobiography.
    Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790 -- Autographs -- Collecting and collectors.
    Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790 -- Correspondence.
    Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790 -- Criticism and interpretation.
    Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790 -- Manuscripts.

    Subjects

    Seven Years War, 1756-1763 -- Sources.
    United States -- History -- 1783-1815 -- Sources.
    United States -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 -- Sources.
    United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Sources.

    Forms/Genres

    Letters (Correspodence) -- United States -- 18th century.
    Manuscripts -- United States -- 18th century.

    Alternate Authors

    Belcher, Jonathan, 1682-1757.
    Chaumont, Jacques-Donatien Leray de, 1725-1803.
    Cooper, Samuel, 1725-1783, addressee.
    Dumas, Charles Guillaume Frédéric, 1721-1796, addressee.
    Loudoun, John Campbell, Earl of, 1705-1782, addressee.
    Strahan, William, 1715-1785, correspondent.