Scope and arrangement
The Samuel Ward Papers span the years 1647 to 1912. They include the papers of Ward, his father, his grandfather, and other family members, as well as his collection of autograph letters of mathematicians and scientists. The papers consist of handwritten and typewritten letters, clippings, photographs, notebooks, printed books, transcripts, and other documents and are organized into seven series.
The Samuel Ward papers are arranged in seven series:
Highlights of the collection are some of the Letters Received by Samuel Ward, many written by friends who were historical figures. Letters from Longfellow discuss intellectual and literary matters. Letters from Thomas F. Bayard and William Maxwell Evarts discuss social engagements and Samuel's lobbying. Other prominent correspondents are George Bancroft, C. C. Felton, John W. Francis, Jared Sparks, and George Ticknor. Fitz-Greene Halleck and the Earl of Rosebery are represented primarily by transcripts of their letters.
There is a dearth of letters to Ward dating from his California and Latin, America period. Notable exceptions are "confidential" letters from Samuel Barlow regarding the procurement of gold and silver from Nicaragua and an 1854 commission to Ward to save the life of Count Raousset, imprisoned by President Santa Anna in Mexico. Unusual enclosures with other letters received are a musical program printed on satin, from 1839, and a Mathew Brady cabinet card of General William T. Sherman, autographed by the general.
[other than family] - SEE: Index at end of box listing.
[other than family].
The Letters Sent by Samuel Ward are in French and are addressed to Charles F. Mersch, a German student with whom he traveled to Heidelberg.
Other letters from Samuel are to relatives and highlight the Family Letters & Papers series, which also includes letters from F. Marion Crawford, M. Eliza Cutler, Julia Ward Howe, Francis Marion Ward, Henry Ward, and the elder Samuel Wards, among others.
The outstanding Autograph Collection comprises substantial letters by famous mathematicians and scientists - from a 1647 letter by Marin Mersenne to Johann Hevelius to an 1856 letter from the naturalist Aimé Jacques Alexandre Bonpland. Included are holograph letters from Jean Bernoulli, Euler, Hailey, Lagrange, and Leibniz. Most of the collection was probably acquired by Ward with his purchase of the Legendre library, some of the letters actually being addressed to A. M. Legendre.
Miscellaneous transcripts (holograph & typewritten) especially of letters by/to Lt. - Col. Samuel Ward (1756-1832). Unsorted.
Also: page proofs of "The Correspondence of Samuel Ward, May 1775 - March 1776, edited by Bernhard Knollenberg, Providence, R. I. Rhode Island Hist. Soc., 1952. Uncorrected proofs through p. 205 [not present: Genealogy of the Ward Family...].