WALKER, Amasa, 1799-1875

Guide to Research Collections

Massachusetts Historical Society
Boston, MA
Papers: 1823-1902, 3 boxes and 2 narrow boxes.
Loose papers of Amasa Walker, which contain correspondence on subjects including the peace movement and League of Universal Brotherhood, national politics, particularly with regard to the slavery question, and lectures. Correspondents include Charles Sumner and Thomas Drew. Also included are a few family letters. Seven scrapbooks contain clippings on Walker’s views in debates over slavery, currency and bank failures, and other misc. subjects. Several of the volumes had been used by Walker as account books and are partially or wholly obscured by the clippings. These include two account books and a financial letterbook (1837-39) of the India Fire and Marine Insurance Co. of Boston of which Walker was a trustee and an account book recording sales of dry goods by the Boston firm of Carleton, Walker, and Co. (1825-27). One volume also contains an undated account of a voyage to Malta by Robert W. Walker. The collection also includes an anonymous account book recording sales of shoes and boots (1848); accounts of the “Hale farm” in North Brookfield (1855-63); two small volumes kept by Walker as one of the commissioners appointed by the state to investigate an epidemic of pleuropneumonia among cattle, including the results of examinations of the herds in eastern Massachusetts (1860); and a scrapbook containing obituaries of Walker’s son, Francis A. Walker (1897). A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

Boston Public Library
Boston, MA
Papers: 11 items.

Oberlin College
Oberlin, OH
Papers: In the Oberlin College Treasurer’s Office Records, 1822-1866, 4.8 linear feet.
Other authors include Amasa Walker.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the Joseph R. Hawley Papers, ca. 1638-1906, approximately 13,200 items.
Correspondents include Amasa Walker.

Papers: In the James Fowler Simmons Papers, 1788-1939, approximately 21,000 items.
Correspondents include Amasa Walker.