Papers of Caleb Gannett, 1768-1820

About this Collection

Gannett, Caleb , 1745-1818
Personal correspondence.Deeds.Wills.Inventories.Receipts.Account books.Family papers.Epitaphs.Legal instruments.
Collection Title
Papers of Caleb Gannett, 1768-1820
.22 cubic feet (1 half-legal document box)
Harvard University Archives

Content Notes

The papers of Caleb Gannett contain a small assortment of miscellaneous personal records including estate documents. The collection is comprised of a personal accounting notebook used by Gannett between 1768 and 1777; two pieces of correspondence consisting of a letter from Thankful Smith to her sister Mary Dunster, and a 1775 letter written by Gannett to Harvard Professor Edward Wigglesworth discussing Gannett's smallpox inoculation and news of the Revolutionary War; and three miscellaneous financial documents. Additional records include estate papers created in the process of appraising and auctioning Gannett's estate, including lists of his furniture and personal library; and two handwritten, undated epitaphs written in remembrance of Gannett. The collection does not include records related to his work at Harvard College.

Biographical Notes

Caleb Gannett (1745-1818), Harvard College Steward from 1779 to 1818, was born August 22, 1745 in Bridgewater, Mass. He received an AB from Harvard in 1763 and an AM in 1766. In June 1768, Gannett traveled to Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia, and served as a minister there until September 1771. He returned briefly to Massachusetts in October 1768 to be ordained as the Cumberland minister by Gay. In 1773, the Harvard Corporation appointed Gannett a tutor of Natural Philosophy and Mathematics. In May 1775, he left Harvard to be inoculated for smallpox and then returned to aid the College in relocating to Concord, Mass. due to the Revolutionary War. During the war, Gannett served regularly as a preacher in nearby towns. Gannett died on April 25, 1818.