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Collection Manuscript/Mixed Material Pierce-Aiken family papers,

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  • Pierce-Aiken family papers,


  • Chiefly correspondence between members of the Pierce, Aiken, Appleton, Mason, and Means families, including letters from Franklin Pierce and Jane M. Pierce; together with genealogical material and photographs. Topics include antebellum New England family life (especially in Massachusetts and New Hampshire), religion, politics, War of 1812, slavery, and events at Bowdoin College which Jane M. Pierce's father, Jesse Appleton, served as president. Jane M. Pierce's letters (1822-1860) reflect social life in Washington, D.C., during her husband's term (1835-1842) as U.S. representative from New Hampshire and his first year in the White House (1853) and her struggle with depression following the deaths of their three children. Franklin Pierce's six letters (1850-1868) are written largely to his sister-in-law, Mary M. Aiken.


  • -  Aiken, Mary M.--(Mary Means),---1883--Correspondence
  • -  Appleton, Jesse,--1772-1819
  • -  Pierce, Franklin,--1804-1869--Correspondence
  • -  Pierce, Jane M.--(Jane Means),--1806-1863--Correspondence
  • -  Aiken family
  • -  Appleton family
  • -  Mason family
  • -  Means family
  • -  Pierce family
  • -  Bowdoin College
  • -  Depression, Mental
  • -  Presidents' spouses--United States
  • -  Religion
  • -  Slavery
  • -  Massachusetts--Social life and customs--19th century
  • -  New England--Social life and customs--19th century
  • -  New Hampshire--Politics and government--1775-1865
  • -  New Hampshire--Social life and customs--19th century
  • -  United States--History--War of 1812
  • -  United States--Politics and government--19th century
  • -  United States--Politics and government--1853-1857
  • -  Washington (D.C.)--Social life and customs--19th century


  • -  Arranged alphabetically by type of material.
  • -  Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Container number, Pierce-Aiken Family Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
  • -  Purchase, 1983-1991.
  • -  Gift, Norman F. Boas, 1993.
  • -  Four generations of the family of Jane M. Pierce (born Jane Means Appleton), wife of U.S. president Franklin Pierce.
  • -  Collection material in English.
  • -  Finding aid available in the Library of Congress Manuscript Reading Room and at


  • 575 items.
  • 4 containers.
  • 1.4 linear feet.


  • Library of Congress Manuscript Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu

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  • mm83036200

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  • Open to research.

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