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Tully Family Papers

Call Number: Ms Coll 40
Scope and Contents

The collection is comprised of a small amount of personal correspondence of William Tully, memoranda, receipts, and wills. There is considerable material on the settling of Tully's estate, especially correspondence of the executor, Dr. Edwin Seeger. Seeger and others arranged for the sale of Tully's books by auction and tried to have his manuscripts (now unlocated) published. Among the estate papers are notes on patients who still owed money to Tully. The correspondence of Sarah and Elizabeth Tully in the collection mostly concerns the estate, financial matters, and family. The family part of the collection relates to the ancestry of the Tully, Potter, Pease, and Prudden families. There are Tully land deeds going back to the seventeenth century, a Bible signed by "John Tulley" in 1667, notes on scriptures by the Rev. Elam Potter, and two sermons by the Rev. Nehemiah Prudden of Enfield, as well as genealogical material and early documents related to the families. Photographs include twelve daguerrotypes of Tully's children, including of Hephzibah Tully who died in 1849.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Some items are too fragile to copy.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is in the public domain.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Harry B. Ferris, M.D., professor of anatomy at Yale University School of Medicine, obtained this material in 1930 along with some of Tully's furniture from the woman who let rooms to Elizabeth Tully in Springfield, Massachusetts, before her death in 1915. He donated the papers to the Beaumont Medical Club in 1934. They are on permanent deposit in the Historical Library.


Organized in four series: 1. William Tully (1785-1859) and immediate family. 2. Tully family ancestors. 3. Potter, Pease, and Prudden families. 4. Photographs and miscellany.

1.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
Related Names
Tully, William, 1785-1859
Language of Materials