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Napier Ball report, February 18, 1859

 File — Box: OVR, Folder: 10
Identifier: C-Misc 71

Scope and Contents

Includes 17 page manuscript account of the Napier Ball, likely a draft for a society page article. Famous attendees such as Jeff Davis and Sam Houston, are named in the manuscript, which also describes clothing, music, and activities at the ball in detail. Also included is a dance program card for the ball. Missing page 17 of 18 original pages.


  • Creation: February 18, 1859

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research without restrictions

Biographical / Historical

The Napier Ball was held in Washington D.C. on February 18, 1859, at the Willard Hotel. The ball was a farewell gala in honor of Francis Napier, Britain's departing ambassador to the United States. The ball was attended by 2,000 dignitaries and their ladies.


1 Folder

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Heritage Auction Galleries by Special Collections curator, Andrew Wentink, in 2007.

Repository Details

Part of the Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives Repository

Middlebury College
Davis Family Library
110 Storrs Avenue
Middlebury Vermont 05753 United States