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Noah Webster Pamphlet Collection

Identifier: MS-Webster

Scope and Content

Pamphlets collected and studied by Noah Webster. Among the topics are politics, religion, science, and medicine. The pamphlets are thought to have been useful to Webster as sources of American linguistic practice, as well as for his own edification. The pamphlets were bound by Case, Lockwood & Brainard printers of Hartford, and donated to the Hartford Library Association some time in the 19th century.


  • 1730-1837


Access Restrictions

The records are stored in a restricted area and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.

Use Restrictions

See Hartford History Center’s Collection Use policy. Permission to publish from the Noah Webster Pamphlet Collection must be obtained in writing from the Executive Director of the Hartford History Center, and a copy of the published work may be requested by the Hartford History Center. The Hartford History Center reserves the right to refuse permission to publish, etc. to those who have not complied with its policies. Use of the collections will normally not be permitted for the purpose of promotion of commercial products and services or political campaigns. Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library reserves the right to limit the number of photographic prints/captures and to restrict the use or reproduction of rare, fragile, or valuable objects. Some scrapbooks are in poor condition and will require special handling.

Biographical Note

Noah Webster, Junior, was born in the West District of Hartford (now West Hartford), Connecticut on October 16, 1758. He entered Yale College in 1774 at age 16, and graduated in 1778. Though he wished to study law, his father could not afford to pay for it, and Webster began teaching. Later he would study law under Oliver Ellsworth, and would also earn a law degree from Yale. His experience in the classroom ultimately led to the publication of his "Blue-Backed Speller." Over the years, Webster continued to write and publish, including "Sketches of American Policy," "A Brief History of Epidemic and Pestilential Diseases," and in 1806, "A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language." Webster, his wife, Rebecca Greenleaf, and their eight children, lived in several places during their life together. These included New York City; Amherst, Massachusetts; and New Haven, Connecticut. While living in Amherst and in New Haven, Webster served in the respective state legislatures. From the late 1780s on, Webster advocated for copyright legislation. "An American Dictionary of the English Language" was published in 1828. At the time of his death in 1843, Webster was working on a second volume of the dictionary. Its rights were acquired by George and Charles Merriam.


91 Volumes

Language of Materials



Pamphlets pertaining to many aspects of society, including politics and religion, collected by Noah Webster.


The pamphlets are in an order determined by Webster and/or the binders.

Physical Location

HHC Closed Stacks, Range

Processing Details

Original finding aid author unknown.

EAD Finding Aid created by Jennifer Sharp in August 2019.

Noah Webster Pamphlet Collection
A Guide to the collection at the Hartford History Center
August 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Hartford History Center Repository

Hartford History Center
Hartford Public Library
500 Main St
Hartford CT 06103 USA