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Isaac Dewey Harmon correspondence and journals

 Collection
Call Number: WA MSS S-3455

Scope and Contents

165 letters, two journals, and other ephemera, papers, and two tintypes by or relating to Isaac Dewey Harmon, 1831-1861. Letters concern Harmon's business and family affairs primarily in Chicago, Naperville, and Peru, Illinois. Among Harmon's correspondents are brother Charles Loomis Harmon, father E. D. Harmon, mother Welthyan Loomis Harmon, sister Harriet Harmon, sister Welthyan Loomis Harmon (later Welthyan Loomis Harmon Burley), and business partner Churchill Coffing.

Journals document Harmon's travels to New Orleans, Louisiana; Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, Maryland; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; New York, New York; the Republic of Texas; and along the Mississippi River.

Dates

  • 1831-1861

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Isaac Dewey Harmon Correspondence and Journals is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Michael Vinson on the Thomas W. Streeter Fund, 2017, and on the Frederick W. and Carrie S. Beinecke Fund for Western Americana, 2019 and 2020.

Arrangement

Organized into three series: I. Correspondence, 1831-1855. II. Journals, 1839-1859. III. Other Ephemera, Papers, and Photographs, 1840-1861, undated.

Related Materials

Related Material: E. D. Harmon Letters to Isaac Harmon (WA MSS S-3258). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Extent

1.25 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.idharmon

Overview

165 letters, two journals, and other ephemera, papers, and two tintypes by or relating to Isaac Dewey Harmon, 1831-1861. Letters concern Harmon's business and family affairs primarily in Chicago, Naperville, and Peru, Illinois. Among Harmon's correspondents are brother Charles Loomis Harmon, father E. D. Harmon, mother Welthyan Loomis Harmon, sister Harriet Harmon, sister Welthyan Loomis Harmon (later Welthyan Loomis Harmon Burley), and business partner Churchill Coffing.

Journals document Harmon's travels to New Orleans, Louisiana; Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, Maryland; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; New York, New York; the Republic of Texas; and along the Mississippi River.

Biographical / Historical

Isaac Dewey Harmon (1814-1886) was born in Burlington, Vermont, to Dr. Elijah Dewey Harmon (1782-1869) and Welthyan Loomis Harmon (1783-1865). In 1830, Dr. E. D. Harmon moved to Chicago, Illinois--Isaac and siblings Charles Loomis Harmon ( -1868), Harriet Harmon, Lucretia Harmon, and Welthyan Loomis Harmon (1825-1897) followed in 1831, while mother Welthyan Loomis Harmon remained in Burlington.

Isaac Harmon first found employment with George W. Dole, an Indian trader, while at the same time serving as a corporal at Fort Dearborn during the Black Hawk War in 1832. After the war, Harmon began the general trading firms Harmon, Loomis & Co. and I. D. Harmon & Co. He married Anne M. R. Huntoon Harmon (1817-1896) in 1842 and moved to Naperville in 1844, setting up the trading firm Harmon & Napier. In 1846, he began a forwarding, commission, and transportation business with E. D. Taylor in Peru (Taylor & Harmon) as well as Harmon & Huntoon. In 1855, the headquarters of Harmon & Huntoon was moved to Chicago and the firm was combined with Chapin, Hurlbut & Co. to form the Union Line Transporation Company.

Isaac Harmon moved to Texas in 1870 to care for his property there before returning to Chicago in 1874 and continuing to work until 1876.

Processing Information

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Title
Guide to the Isaac Dewey Harmon Correspondence and Journals
Status
Completed
Author
Sarah Lerner
Date
October 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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