Jacob Harvey papers,1808-1847


Date: 1808-1847 | Size: 3 microfilm_reel(s)


This collection includes ca. 200 letters to and from Harvey's family, concerning Quakers, the Missouri Compromise, slavery, the depression of 1819-1820. There is also a commonplace book (1819-1820, 1821 Aug.), with observations on a balloon ascension of 2 Aug. 1819 from Vauxhall Gardens in England, slavery, Indians, and descriptions of Washington and Baltimore. There are also journals of trips to Niagara Falls and Canada in 1820 and to the American West, from Baltimore to Louisville and back, with an added description of a voyage around Long Island aboard the Robert Fulton in August 1821.

Background note

Jacob Harvey was a merchant, arriving in New York City ca. 1816. He was the son of Joseph Massey Harvey, who was a member of the Society of Friends in Limerick, Ireland, and was the brother of William Henry Harvey, who was a member of the American Philosophical Society. He married Mary Hosack, the daughter of New York physician David Hosack.

Collection Information


Restrictions on Access:

Restrictions apply; consult the repository.


Presented by Daniel M. Feins and accessioned, 1962.

Location of originals:

Originals at the New-York Historical Society and include material not represented on the microfilm. The originals of the collection represented on microfilm were formerly in possession of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel M. Feins. The finding aid to the collection can be found at http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/html/nyhs/jacobharvey/.

African American History Note

For interesting source material on African American history, see correspondence regarding the Missouri Compromise and slavery, and the commonplace book which also contains references to slavery.

Early American History Note

This is a microfilm of an early American collection that may be of interest to researchers at the APS and may complement an original manuscript collection at the APS.

Indexing Terms

Corporate Name(s)

  • Robert Fulton (Ship).
  • Shakers.


  • Microfilm Collection

Geographic Name(s)

  • Baltimore (Md.) -- Description and travel.
  • Canada -- Description and travel.
  • Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.) -- Description and travel.
  • Washington (D.C.) -- Description and travel.
  • West (U.S.) -- Description and travel.

Personal Name(s)

  • Harvey, Jacob.
  • Hosack, David, 1769-1835


  • Balloons.
  • Depressions -- 1819 -- United States.
  • Missouri compromise.
  • Quakers.
  • Slavery -- United States.
  • Slaves, slavery, slave trade
  • Voyages and travels.