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Asa Fitch papers

Call Number: MS 215

Scope and Contents

The Asa Fitch Papers consist of fifty items. Twenty-one of these are diaries kept by Asa Fitch from 1821 through 1879 in various places in New York State and elsewhere. Notations for several years are lacking. Six volumes, 1821-1828, were lettered A through G, with B missing. To the remaining fifteen volumes numbers have arbitrarily been assigned, although entries are not always consecutive by date.

The remainder of the collection is made up of Fitch family genealogical material copied from the notes of the father of Abbie M. (Fitch) Andrews (1840-) and notes taken from her own research.

A detailed description of the contents of the diaries and other papers follows.


  • 1807-1969
  • Majority of material found within 1807 - 1922


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.The entire collection is available on microfilm. Patrons must use HM 141 instead of the originals.

Existence and Location of Copies

The entire collection is available on microfilm (2,802 frames on 4 reels, 35mm.) from Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library, at cost. Order no. HM141.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the estate of Julian M. Sturtevant, 1952.


1.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


Twenty-one diaries, 1821-1879, of Asa Fitch, scientist and entomologist. The diaries reflect in considerable detail Fitch's life and thoughts from early adolescence through his education at the Rensselaer School in Troy, New York and the Vermont Academy of Medicine in Castleton, his career as a scientist and state entomologist in New York, and his retirement. Also included are papers and genealogical materials relating to other members of the Fitch family.

Biographical / Historical

Practiced medicine, 1831-1838; studied economic entomology and agriculture, and began publishing articles on the subject in 1845; in 1854 appointed state entomologist of New York, remaining until 1871.

Guide to the Asa Fitch Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
July 1982
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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