Henry Lee Higginson business records, 1799-1919 (inclusive), 1870-1919 (bulk)

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Higginson, Henry Lee , 1834-1919
Account books.Invoices.Letters.
36 linear feet (30 volumes, 49 boxes, 23 cartons).
Baker Library, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Weeks, John W. (John Wingate)
Saint-Gaudens, Augustus
Adams, Brooks
Adams, Charles Francis
Agassiz, Alexander
Ames, Adelbert
Atkinson, Edward
Barton, Clara
Brandeis, Louis Dembitz
Briggs, Le Baron Russell
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Brooks, Phillips
Bryce, James Bryce
Carnegie, Andrew
Chapman, John Jay
Coolidge, Calvin
Coolidge, Thomas Jefferson
Coolidge, T. Jefferson (Thomas Jefferson)
Curley, James Michael
Dana, Richard Henry
Dreiser, Theodore
Eliot, Charles William
Ellis, Charles A
Fairchild, Charles
Fitzgerald, John Francis
Forbes, John Murray
Forbes, W. Cameron (William Cameron)
Ford, Worthington Chauncey
Gano, Seth T
Gay, Edwin F. (Edwin Francis)
Grant, Robert
Higginson, A. Henry (Alexander Henry)
Higginson, George
Higginson, Henry Lee
Higginson, James J
Hill, James J. (James Jerome)
Holmes, Oliver Wendell
Howe, M. A. De Wolfe (Mark Antony De Wolfe)
Howells, William Dean
Jackson, James
James, Henry
James, William
Jones, John T
King, Clarence
La Farge, John
Lamont, Thomas W. (Thomas William)
Lane, Gardiner Martin
Lee, Henry
Lodge, Henry Cabot
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
Malcolm, William R
McKim, Charles Follen
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont)
Morley, Edward
Norton, Charles Eliot
Osler, William
Paderewski, Ignace Jan
Page, Walter Hines
Paine, Robert Treat
Perkins, Charles E
Perry, Bliss
Pumpelly, Raphael
Richardson, H. H. (Henry Hobson)
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano)
Roosevelt, Theodore
Root, Elihu
Sedgwick, Ellery
Shaw, Quincy Adams
Sinclair, Upton
Taft, William H. (William Howard)
Updike, Daniel Berkeley
Villard, Oswald Garrison
Ward, Samuel Gray
Washington, Booker T
Weld, Stephen Minot
Wendell, Barrett
Wetmore, Charles Whitman
Whittier, Charles A
Wilson, Woodrow
Wister, Owen
Higgins family
Baring Brothers & Co. Ltd.
Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Burn-Boston Battery and Manufacturing Works.
Carnegie Institute.
Chase and Higginson.
Cherry River Land Association.
Ecuador Coal Company.
Ecuador Trading Company.
Gage Company.
Gauley Coal Land Association.
General Electric Company.
Harvard University
John T. Jones Holding Company.
Jones Step Process Trust.
Lee, Higginson and Company.
New Metals Process Associates.
Reynolds Chocolate Company.
Salisbury and Higginson.
Saint Louis and Suburban Railway Company.
Saint Louis Cable and Western Railway Company.
Standard Alcohol Company.
Standard Lessee Corporation.
Submarine Signal Company.
Investment banking--Massachusetts
Symphony orchestras
Battery industry--Massachusetts
Railroads, Cable
Real estate investment--West Virginia
Farms--New York (State)
Forests and forestry--New York (State)
Chocolate industry--Massachusetts
Mineral industries
Mineral industries--Michigan
Boston (Mass.)
Marquette (Mich.)
Somerville (Mass.)
Saint Louis (Mo.)
South America--Commerce
Harqua Hala Gold Mine
Sheldon Farm (Essex, N.Y.)
Split Rock Forest (N.Y.)

Content Notes

Correspondence and other papers relating to Higginson's investments, philanthropic interests and political interests. Investments in which Mr. Higginson was interested, and for which there are records, include: Ecuador Coal Company, Gage Company, Ecuador Trading Company, Cherry River Land Association, Reynolds Chocolate Company, New Metals Process Associates, Jones Step Process Trust, John T. Jones Holding Company, Burn-Boston Battery, Submarine Signal Company, Standard Lessee Corporation, Standard Alcohol Company, St. Louis Cable and Western Railway Company, and St. Louis and Suburban Railway Company. Higginson's interests in Harvard, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Carnegie Institute, and in properties such as Sheldon Farm and Split Rock Forest are also represented. Business correspondents include Alexander Agassiz, Charles Fairchild, John M. Forbes, Henry Lee, Charles E. Perkins, Samuel G. Ward, and Charles W. Wetmore; political correspondents include Henry Cabot Lodge, James M. Curley, John F. Fitzgerald, Theodore Roosevelt, and William Howard Taft. A ledger and journal, 1856-1865, of James J. Higginson; and various estate papers and family correspondence are also in the collection.|The collection includes a bill from Boston merchants Salisbury & Higginson to William Dodd for nails, rolls of sheet lead, hinges, and two dozen compasses, settled in 1799. The company was possibly a partnership of Stephen Higginson, Jr. (1770-1834), and his brother-in-law Samuel Salisbury, Jr. (1768-1849) who also owned ships together. Dodd may have been a ship chandler and wharfinger in Boston. There is an undated envelope with the document describing it as an “Old bill brought in by a police captain.”
  • are available on microfilm,(4reels, 35 mm.) from Historical Collections, Baker Library. Order no. 95-1552.

Biographical Notes

Banker and philanthropist of Boston. Higginson attended Harvard (1851-1852), but left because of poor eyesight. In 1856 he went to Vienna intending to make music his life work, but he returned to Boston in 1860. He attained the rank of major in the Union Army during the Civil War. In 1868 Higginson joined the family banking firm of Lee, Higginson and Company. He was the principal figure in the creation of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (1881) and was its chief benefactor for the rest of his life. His gifts to Harvard include Soldiers Field and the Harvard Union.