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Pearson Family Portraits and Papers

Call Number: MS105

Scope and Contents

This collection includes portraits, correspondence, a brief biography, and a photograph of the Pearson family.


  • Creation: 1800 -- 1915


Language of Materials



This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see “Reproductions and Use” on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish. No documentation is available regarding the intellectual property rights in this collection.

Biographical / Historical

Henry Bromfield Pearson was born on March 29, 1795 and died June 29, 1867. His father, Eliphalet Pearson LL.D. (1752-1826), was the first preceptor of Phillips Andover Academy and became a professor of Hebrew and oriental languages at Harvard. After attending Andover, Henry Bromfield Pearson entered Yale as a member of the class of 1815. He left Yale for Harvard, from which he graduated with a B.A. in 1816.

Being independently wealthy, Henry Bromfield Pearson designated Alonzo Ames Miner, then president of Tufts College, as the executor of his will. His original will stipulated the creation of a high school for girls. However, a codicil to the will made Tufts College a beneficiary of the Bromfield Pearson estate and allowed the College to interpret the will according to its own design. Consequently, in 1893 Tufts College established the Bromfield-Pearson High School, a co-educational, primarily technical school that existed until the 1960s. Yale University Library holds his and his family papers.


0.25 Linear Feet

1 Artifact(s)


This collection is organized in one series.

Custodial History

This collection incorporates previously un-cataloged items and material from the dismantled vertical file on Henry Bromfield Pearson.

Processing status

This collection is processed.

Repository Details

Part of the Tufts Archival Research Center Repository

35 Professors Row
Tisch Library Building
Tufts University
Medford Massachusetts 02155 United States