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Josiah Sanborn Manuscripts

Identifier: MSS 0185

Scope and Contents

Small manuscript book (61 pages) containing handwritten transcriptions of stories, poems and songs. The pages are handsewn, and both the front and back covers bear the words "Josiah Sanborn. His Book. 1784." Included is an alphabetical list of names of other students who attended Josiah's school in 1782, taught by "Doctor Emerson." Among the names are other Sanborns, including Enoch, Elizabeth, Jonna, Joseph, Jude, Phinhes [sic], Reuben, and Sarah. Other common names listed are Dearborn, Towle, Elkins, and True. The book originated in New Hampshire, and probably belonged to a relative of Anna Gove's; the Gove and Sanborn families were related.

Included with the manuscript book is a handsewn manuscript almanac (16 pages) for 1787 with a listing of superior court calendars for the New Hampshire counties of Rockingham, Stafford, Hillsborough, Cheshire and Grafton.


  • 1784 - 1787


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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0.04 Linear Feet (2 manuscript books in 1 archival folder)

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Small manuscript book (61 pages) containing handwritten transcriptions of stories, poems and songs.

Method of Acquisition

Transferred from the Anna Maria Gove Papers, date unknown.

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Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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