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Old Letters Club Records, 1926-1937
1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 80

Abstract:
Club to collect historical letters. Contains letters written between 1776 and 1871.

Terms of Access and Use: Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the College Archives. The Archives has no information on the literary rights of the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Students in the History Department founded this club with the help of Professor John Spencer Bassett in 1926. The purpose of the club was to collect a diverse group of letters, not necessarily valuable, that documented the lives of women and men throughout history. Members of the club accumulated the material in the collection over several years from various sources and donors. See Folder 1a "General Information" for more details on the club and its purpose.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Old Letters Club records, consisting of 5 linear inches, are a small collection of letters written between 1776 and 1871, with the bulk of the collection composed in the mid-eighteenth century. Extremely diverse with many of the letters written around the Revolutionary and Civil wars by both women and men, the letters collected by the club are not only of a personal nature, but encompass business and legal affairs as well. According to the club's purpose, many of the letters provide insight into the daily lives of people at different points in history; however, none of the series of letters are complete, some of the authors cannot be identified, and none of the signatures are well-known. The collection is not arranged chronologically; instead, the club's original method of arrangement by donor and then accession is maintained. As many of the letters were given on loan to the original club, there is a gap in the middle of the collection where thirteen letters are missing as well as another gap towards the end of the collection where an additional thirty-three letters are unaccounted for. Included in the files are both the club's original index cards documenting the letters and the index cards created by an archivist while processing the collection. Some of the information differs between the cards and the file folders because of new dates and names discovered upon a closer reading of the letters. Every letter has a corresponding index card except for letter # 147.

Note: This collection is part of 80. Student Clubs and Organizations

The collection is not arranged chronologically; instead, the club's original method of arrangement by donor and then accession is maintained.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the College Archives. The Archives has no information on the literary rights of the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Old Letters Club Records, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

Processing Information

Processed by Noelle Giguere.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
general information
May 1926, May 1929

Box 1: folder 1a
index cards
n.d.

Box 1: folder 1b
Leon Camphey ?
Feb. 2, 1836

Box 1: folder 1c
? Nichols
Feb. 12, 1837

Box 1: folder 2
G.E. Pugh
Sept. 5, 1856

Box 1: folder 3
G.E. Pugh
Feb. 4, 1856

Box 1: folder 4
A. Holbrook
June 21, 1857

Box 1: folder 5
G.E. Pugh
Jan. 29, 1859

Box 1: folder 6
Leonard Dye
Feb. 18, 1862

Box 1: folder 7
Leonard Dye
Sept. 14, 1862

Box 1: folder 8
Leonard Dye
Aug. 7, 1862

Box 1: folder 9
Leonard Dye
Sept. 27, 1862

Box 1: folder 10
Leonard Dye
Mar. 18, 1863

Box 1: folder 11
W. Frampton ?
May 16, 1863

Box 1: folder 12
Leonard Dye
Sept. 24, 1863

Box 1: folder 13
Leonard Dye
Jan. 1, 1864

Box 1: folder 14
Leonard Dye
Feb. 10, 1864

Box 1: folder 15
Leonard Dye
July 25, 1864

Box 1: folder 16
James Birell
Apr. 28, 1865

Box 1: folder 17
W.W.V. Buchanan
May 29, 1865

Box 1: folder 18
Peter Wefler
July 26, 1865

Box 1: folder 19
F.W. Foster
Jan. 31, 1866

Box 1: folder 20
M. Laurence
July 7, 1871

Box 1: folder 21
W.W.V Buchanan
Jan. 29, 1856

Box 1: folder 22
Rev. Harold Bridge
Aug. 17, 1846

Box 1: folder 23
Samuel B. Stivers
Sept. 21, 1851

Box 1: folder 24
Garret Howell
July 16, 1854

Box 1: folder 25
Garret Howell
Mar. 15, 1858

Box 1: folder 26
Alexander E. Stivers
Apr. 28, 1862

Box 1: folder 27
Alexander E. Stivers
May 20, 1862

Box 1: folder 28
Alexander E. Stivers
July 8, 1862

Box 1: folder 29
Alexander E. Stivers
July 14, 1862

Box 1: folder 30
Alexander E. Stivers
Aug. 13, 1862

Box 1: folder 31
Alexander E. Stivers
Oct. 20, 1863

Box 1: folder 32
Alexander E. Stivers
May 16, 1864?

Box 1: folder 33
George Smith
May 17, 1813

Box 1: folder 34
Samuel Hutchinson
June 3, 1817

Box 1: folder 35
Eliza Thornton
June ?, 1848

Box 1: folder 36
?
June 30, 1848

Box 1: folder 37
missing
n.d.

Box 1: folder 38-50
J.C. Herken
n.d.

Box 1: folder 51
?
Nov. 6, 1830

Box 1: folder 52
?
Feb. 7, 1854

Box 1: folder 53
?
July 7, 1834

Box 1: folder 54
Clementine Stanwood
Aug. 24, 1840

Box 1: folder 55
Clementine Stanwood
Dec. 29, 1840

Box 1: folder 56
Clementine Stanwood
Aug. 5, 1841

Box 1: folder 57
Clementine Stanwood
Aug. 25, 1841

Box 1: folder 58
Clementine Stanwood
Nov. 8 ?, 1841

Box 1: folder 59
Clementine Stanwood
Dec. 8 ?, 1841

Box 1: folder 60
Clementine Stanwood
Sept. 30, 1842

Box 1: folder 61
Elnathan P. Hathaway
Feb. 21, 1821

Box 1: folder 62
L.C. Paerin
Feb. 7, 1838

Box 1: folder 63
Juda Gale
May 27, 1825

Box 1: folder 64
L. Ingalls
March 22, 1838

Box 1: folder 65
Rev. Whitman Metcalf
n.d.

Box 1: folder 66
Juda Gale
Dec. 9, 1823

Box 1: folder 67
Arrin Dodge
Nov. 11, 1844

Box 1: folder 68
Rev. Whitman Metcalf
June 16, 1825

Box 1: folder 69
J. Darling
Oct 9, 1832

Box 1: folder 70
J. Darling
Dec. 20, 1836

Box 1: folder 71
?
Dec. 27, 1846

Box 1: folder 72
S. Phipps
March 13, 1845

Box 1: folder 73
?
June 10, 1807

Box 1: folder 74
Gen. Huntington
Nov. 16, 1777

Box 1: folder 75
Tim Edwards
June 17, 1776

Box 1: folder 76
missing
n.d.

Box 1: folder 77
Barnabas Deane
Sept. 30, 1776

Box 1: folder 78
J. Trumbull
July 5, 1777

Box 1: folder 79
Tench Tilghman
Oct., 29 1779

Box 1: folder 80
Sam B. Webb
Nov. 16, 1777

Box 1: folder 81
Col. Hugh Hughes
June16, 1777

Box 1: folder 82
Samuel H. Parsons
Nov. 14, 1777

Box 1: folder 83
J. Trumbull
Aug. 2, 1777

Box 1: folder 84
Dan Putnam
Jan. 10, 1778

Box 1: folder 85
Maj. Dumas
Nov. 14, 1780

Box 1: folder 86
Oliver Ellsworth
May 23, 1780

Box 1: folder 87
D. Humphrys
May 14, 1781

Box 1: folder 88
Gen. Sam Parsons
Jan. 14, 1781

Box 1: folder 89
Maj. D. Humphrys
March 1, 1782

Box 1: folder 90
W. Rondineau ?
June 20, 1786

Box 1: folder 91
J. Trumbull
Dec. 23, 1795

Box 1: folder 92
Samuel Parsons
Nov. 25, 1785

Box 1: folder 93
Daniel Putnam
May 23, 1818

Box 1: folder 94
Daniel Putnam
June 29, 1818

Box 1: folder 95
Judge Putnam
July 8, 1818

Box 1: folder 96
Jennie Howell ?
n.d.

Box 1: folder 97
Harriet ?
May 5, 1848

Box 1: folder 98
Isaac Child
March 23, 1834

Box 1: folder 99
D. Hutchinson
July 29, 1847

Box 1: folder 100
missing
n.d.

Box 1: folder 101
Michael Egan
Feb. 24, 1850

Box 1: folder 102
William and Ann Hayes
Aug. 8, 1855, Dec. 20, 1856

Box 1: folder 103-109
James Egan
Aug. 25, 1876

Box 1: folder 110
James Egan
Mar. 11, 1849

Box 1: folder 111
James Egan
May 22, 1876

Box 1: folder 112
missing
n.d.

Box 1: folder 113-146
Nathaniel West
Nov. 17, 1786

Box 1: folder 147

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Subjects
  • Letters--United States.
  • Old Letters Club (Smith College)
  • United States--History--1775-1865--Sources.


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