Papers of Samuel Shapleigh, 1739/1740-1800

About this Collection

Creator
Shapleigh, Samuel , 1765-1800
Type
Diaries.Legal instruments.Family papers.Account books-United States-18th century.Contracts.Deeds.Leases.Promissory notes.Powers of attorneyReceipts.Bills (financial)
Collection Title
Papers of Samuel Shapleigh, 1739/1740-1800
Language
English
Origin
Massachusetts
Description
1 cubic foot (1.5 document boxes and 1 flat box)
Repository
Harvard University Archives
Identifier
colonialnorthamerica.library.harvard.edu/990126097510203941

Content Notes

Samuel Shapleigh (1765-1800) spent half of his life at Harvard College, first as a student and later as College Butler and Librarian. This collection includes bills and other records of Shapleigh's time as a Harvard student; personal papers related to family property in Kittery, Maine; legal documents granting him power of attorney for several individuals; and his reading notes on two contemporary novels, perhaps created in his role as College Librarian. Of particular note are the extensive financial records - primarily receipts, receipted bills, and account books - which Shapleigh maintained over almost two decades. These provide a window into the daily life and material culture of Cambridge in the late eighteenth century, as well as an understanding of Shapleigh's individual habitudes and tastes.