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Law Family Papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 1140

Scope and Contents

The Law Family Papers document aspects of the personal and professional life of Yale graduate and lawyer Samuel A. Law (1771-1845). Contents include family correspondence between Law and his brother, William Law, Jr.; his son Stephen Dodd Law; and other members of the Law family; letters to Law from others, including Timothy Brainerd and Jeremiah Day; and financial records, particularly records of the final estates and debts of several Law family members.


  • 1806 - 1857


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

This collection may be housed off-site at Yale's Library Shelving Facility (LSF). To determine if all or part of this collection is housed off-site please check the library’s online catalog, Orbis; material for which the location is given as "LSF" must be requested 36 hours in advance. Please consult with Beinecke Access Services for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Law Family Papers are 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

The Law Family Papers were acquired by Yale University Library in 1929.


Arranged in one series: Series I. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1806-1857.


3.84 Linear Feet (8 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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The Law Family Papers document aspects of the personal and professional life of Yale graduate and lawyer Samuel A. Law (1771-1845).

Samuel Andrew Law (1771-1845)

Samuel A. Law was born in Cheshire, Connecticut in 1771, the son of William Law and Mary Hotchkiss Law. He graduated from Yale College in 1792, attended the Litchfield Law School in 1793, and was admitted to the bar in 1795. In the following year, he founded a school which later became part of an Episcopal Academy of Cheshire. In 1797 he moved to Delaware County, New York, where he began a law practice and remained for the rest of his life.

Law married Sarah Sherman, and they had at least four sons: Jonathan Albion Law, Samuel A. Law, Stephen Dodd Law, and William Lyon Law. He died in Meredith, New York in 1845.

Processing Information

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This finding aid was produced in 2014 from previously existing catalog cards in the Manuscripts Catalog and previously existing folder titles and notes stored with the collection. All pertinent bibliographical information has been retained.

Former call number: MS Vault Law

Guide to the Law Family Papers
Under Revision
Beinecke Staff
2015 February
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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