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Archer family letters

Identifier: MS 1920.1


The entire collection consists of typed transcritps of letters of Archer family members in Harford County, MD and in Texas. The letters of John Archer, Stevenson Archer, Hannah Stump Archer, Thomas Archer, Dr. Robert H. Archer, Dr. George Washington Archer, and other family members are included. The letters provide insight into the actual nature of the westward movement of Americans and also provides clues to the motivating factors behind such migration. The letters contain family and neighborhood news, but they also contain comments on events of a broader scale. Items described in the letters include the journey to the western lands, physical surroundings, Indians, Mexicans, Commanches, social environment, California goldrush, and conditions in the South after the Civil War. Texas towns mentioned include New Braunfels, Sequin, and San Antonio.


  • 1846-1871


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1.0 Linear Feet (1 flat box)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the estate of John Gilman D'Arcy Paul via Mrs. Allen W. Dulles, March 1972.

Related Materials

MS 33, Archer family correspondence, 1843-1864

MS 1678, George W. Archer historical scrapbooks, 1859-1930

Guide to the Archer family letters
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-01-04: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Mallory Herberger.

Repository Details

Part of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Center for History and Culture
610 Park Avenue
Baltimore MD 21201 United States