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Pierce-Dahlgren-Vinton family papers

 Collection
Call Number: MS 398

Scope and Contents

The principal figure in these papers is Sarah Madeleine Vinton Dahlgren, whose daughter, Ulrica Dahlgren married Josiah Pierce (1861-1902). More than half the papers consists of family correspondence chiefly for the years 1824-1873. Also in included are sketchbooks, memoirs, genealogical materials, account books, legal records and autographs of Civil War generals and admirals. The correspondence of Josiah Pierce (1827-1913) who was secretary of the U.S. legation in St. Petersburg includes material documenting his service in Russia. Also in the papers is the diary (in Russian) of Ivan Timofieff for the year 1858, with an English translation. The papers of Samuel Finley Vinton, who was congressman from Ohio (1823-1837; 1843-1851) include courtship letters to his fiancée.

Dates

  • 1792-1936

Creator

Language

English

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown, though much of the material in this collection is likely in the public domain. 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

Deposited by Joan Dahlgren Pierce, 1953-1954.

Arrangement

Arranged by name of family member.

Extent

7.25 Linear Feet (16 boxes)

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.0398

Overview

The principal figure in these papers is Sarah Madeleine Vinton Dahlgren, whose daughter, Ulrica Dahlgren married Josiah Pierce (1861-1902). More than half the papers consists of family correspondence chiefly for the years 1824-1873. Also in included are sketchbooks, memoirs, genealogical materials, account books, legal records and autographs of Civil War generals and admirals. The correspondence of Josiah Pierce (1827-1913) who was secretary of the U.S. legation in St. Petersburg includes material documenting his service in Russia. Also in the papers is the diary (in Russian) of Ivan Timofieff for the year 1858, with an English translation. The papers of Samuel Finley Vinton, who was congressman from Ohio (1823-1837; 1843-1851) include courtship letters to his fiancée.

Biographical / Historical

Sarah Madeleine Vinton Dahlgren: author; married Daniel C. Goddard, 1846, married Rear Admiral John Adolphus Dahlgren, 1865; began to write professionally in 1859, author of many books and articles. Josiah Pierce (1861-1902): civil engineer; from 1883-1884 served as engineer on the Northern Trans-continental Survey; from 1885-1888 served in the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey; in the 1890s was connected with various railroad companies and utility companies; professor of engineering at the Columbian University and Catholic University of America.

For a chart outlining the genealogical relations of the Pierce-Dahlgren-Vinton family, please consult theGenealogical Chart.
Title
Guide to the Pierce-Dahlgren-Vinton Family Papers
Author
compiled by John Espy
Date
November 1980
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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