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Chauncey family-Fowler family papers

 Collection
Call Number: GEN MSS 814

Scope and Contents

The papers primarily consist of correspondence but also include account books, Yale College diplomas, and miscellaneous documents related to Nathaniel Chauncey, Elnathan Chauncey, William Chauncey Fowler, and their extended families and friends. Among the correspondents are members of the Ellsworth, Fowler, Goodrich, Hand, March, Wadsworth, and Webster families, in particular Rebecca and Noah Webster. Also present are more than 100 sermons, and folders of material related to the Susquehannah Company, a group of Connecticut investors in the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania.

Dates

  • 1669 - 1880

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Chauncey Family-Fowler Family Papers 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 C. A. Stonehill on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2004. The papers were in the estate of Howard B. Field Jr.

Arrangement

Organized into three series: I. Correspondence. II. Financial and Other Records. III. Writings.

Extent

13.5 Linear Feet (18 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.chauncey

Overview

The papers consist of correspondence, account books, Yale College diplomas, and miscellaneous documents related to Nathaniel Chauncey, and his son Elnathan Chauncey and great-grandson William Chauncey Fowler. The collection contains more than 5,000 letters exchanged by members of the Chauncey, Ellsworth, Fowler, Goodrich, Hand, March, Wadsworth, and Webster families, in particular Rebecca and Noah Webster, as well as various prominent friends in New England. Also present are more than 100 sermons, and folders of material related to the Susquehannah Company, a group of Connecticut investors in the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania.

Chauncey and Fowler Families of Connecticut

Nathaniel Chauncey (1681-1756), clergyman of New Haven, Connecticut, was the first graduate of Yale College (1702). His son, Elnathan Chauncey (1724-1796), clergyman of Durham, Connecticut, was also a graduate of Yale College (1743). Elnathan Chauncey's daughter Catherine (1765-1841) married Reuben Rose Fowler (1763-1844) of Durham in 1790. Their son William Chauncey Fowler (1793-1881), clergyman, educator, and author, of Amherst, Massachusetts, and Durham, was a graduate of Yale College (1816); in 1825 he married Harriet Webster Cobb (1797-1844), the widow of Edward Cobb and daughter of noted lexicographer Noah Webster.

The genealogy, lives, and careers of Chauncey and Fowler family members are well described in the volume Memorials of the Chaunceys, by William Chauncey Fowler (Boston: Henry W. Dutton, 1858), in particular pages 93-112, 175-192, and the Chauncey family tree that folds out between pages 88 and 89.

Processing Information

This collection received a basic level of processing. The descriptive information found in the Collection Contents section, including span dates for the collection, is drawn in large part from information supplied when the collection was acquired in 2004.

Half of the loose letters in Series I were received in three-ring binders and half were stacked in boxes; the latter group was placed in folders during baseline processing.

Some of the material in this collection may appear in a set of eleven microfilms made in 1932 (FILM MISC 412, Fowler collection, 1662-1874, at Sterling Memorial Library) of material then in the possession of William Chauncey Fowler; for instance, reel number 11 has the volume of Noah Webster letters present in Box 5. However, the films are of poor quality, contain no table of contents, and possess no other guide document.

The former call number was Uncat MSS 653, and the former title of the collection was Nathaniel Chauncey and William Chauncey Fowler Papers.
Title
Guide to the Chauncey Family-Fowler Family Papers
Author
by Beinecke staff
Date
2007-05-15
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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