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Henry Dutton family papers

Call Number: MS 2094
Scope and Contents

A collection of letters of the family of Henry Dutton (1796-1869), Yale College 1818, 38th governor of Connecticut and Yale law professor (1847-1869). The letters of his only son, Henry Melzar Dutton (1838-1862), Yale College 1857 and Yale Law 1859, written while working as a lawyer in Litchfield, Connecticut, until April 1861 and then serving as a 1st Lieutenant with Company C of the 5th Regiment of Connecticut Volunteers during the Civil War until his death on August 9, 1862, constitute the bulk of the collection. Also included are letters between other members of the Dutton family as well as related families; genealogical information; and short biographies of Henry Dutton, Eliza Eliot Dutton, and Henry Melzar Dutton.

All of the letters between Henry Melzar Dutton and his parents, as well as all of Eliza Eliot Dutton's correspondence in the collection have been transcribed by the donor.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. Copyright to the biographical works on Henry Dutton, Eliza Eliot Dutton, and Lt. Henry Melzar Dutton is retained by Charles W. McLandress until January 1, 2060, or upon his death, whichever occurs first, after which all copyright he holds in the biographical sketches is transferred to Yale University. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Charles W. McLandress, 2018.


The collection is organized by type of material.

Related Materials

Related material: George Dutton Watrous papers (MS 1065).

1859-1890, 2018
Majority of material found within 1859-1890
0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)
Related Names
Dutton family
Language of Materials