Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
John Stevens Cabot Abbott Autograph Book, 1851-1860, bulk 1851-1853

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, October 2011

Summary Information
Title: John Stevens Cabot Abbott autograph book
Creator: Abbott, John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot), 1805-1877
Inclusive dates: 1851-1860
Bulk dates: 1851-1853
Extent: 1 volume
The John Stevens Cabot Abbott autograph book contains short notes and autographs from Abbott's acquaintances, particularly from Brunswick, Maine.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
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Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1945. M-569.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

John Stevens Cabot Abbott Autograph Book, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


John Stevens Cabot Abbott was born on September 18, 1805, in Brunswick, Maine. After attending Bowdoin College, Abbott studied at Andover Theological Seminary; following his graduation, he led several congregations in Massachusetts. Abbott wrote several books on history and on Christianity during his lifetime, and died in 1877.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The John Stevens Cabot Abbott autograph book contains notes and autographs from a number of Abbott's acquaintances. Most contributors included short, inspirational quotations or poetry. Of particular interest is a letter from Senator Charles Sumner, dated March 29, 1860, in which Sumner gave his opinion on one of Abbott's recent books. Many of the contributions came from Abbott's acquaintances in Brunswick, Maine, and include notes from several family members, including Abbott's brother Jacob. An anonymous party drew a pencil sketch of a man and woman, seen from behind, on the first page of the volume.

Subject Terms

    • Brunswick (Me.)
    • Quotations.
    • Abbott, Jacob, 1803-1879.
    • Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874.
    Genre Terms:
    • Autograph albums.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    John Stevens Cabot Abbott autograph book,  1851-1860, bulk  1851-1853 [series]
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Materials

    The Duane Norman Diedrich collection holds a letter from Jacob Abbott to John Stevens Cabot Abbott dated October 19, 1835.

    The Graphics Division holds a print depicting John Stevens Cabot Abbott: Stuart, F. T. I am Yours Very Truly, John S. C. Abbott.

    The Clements Library holds several books written by Abbott.


    Chisolm, H. "Abbott, John Stevens Cabot." In The Encyclopedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and General Information. 11th ed. Vol. 1. Cambridge: University Press, 1910.