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Treadway collection

Call Number: MS 504

Scope and Contents

This small collection of letters and other items given to Yale University by Morton Candee Treadway in 1952 consists of papers pertaining to several unrelated people.

Folder 1 contains two letters written to Richard Bland Lee (1761-1827) about lands in Virginia. Further Lee family correspondence is found in folders 2-5, included in a group of papers pertaining to Phillip Richard Fendall (1794-1868). Fendall was a Princeton graduate who practiced law in the District of Columbia. He was related to the Lees, and their letters to him deal with personal and legal matters. The remaining papers deal with legal and political matters, including a claim against the Union Army by George Mason for destruction of his property, and an attestation of his loyalty to the U.S. Government. Also among these papers is a letter from Henry Clay (1848 Jun 6) concernining money lent to Columbia College and concerning the elections of 1848.

Folders 6-7 contain general orders to Lieutenant-Colonel Andrew Terry in 1862 from the Union Army, and the letters from Terry to his brother. Terry was stationed on the steam " Chasseur" off North Carolina, and his letter of 1862 Feb 11 describes a battle fought at Roanoke Island on February 6-7.

Folders 8-9 contain papers pertaining to Morton C. Treadway. Included are letters written to the Horton Manufacturing Company by Joseph Jefferson concerning fishing equipment (there is also one letter from Jefferson to Grace Ella (Seymour) Ingraham), letters to Treadway from Chenting T. Wang and Carl A. Lohmann concerning the Yale class of 1910 and a portrait of Robert Taft, and a letter from John Huston Finley (1935 Aug 25) enclosing a photograph of Grover Cleveland and William C. Boyden.

The final item in the collection is an undated autograph of Kathleen Norris.


  • 1811-1954
  • Majority of material found within 1811 - 1865


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for 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 Morton C. Treadway, 1952.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


Chiefly miscellaneous letters and legal documents connected with the Civil War and land transactions in Virginia. The Civil War papers include letters from Lt. Col. Andrew Terry, among them one describing the capture of Roanoke Island in 1862. The Virginia papers are largely records of the Lee and Fendall families (1811-1865). In addition there is a letter written by Henry Clay on the election of 1848. A small number of papers pertain to Morton C. Treadway, the collector of these items, and document his activities as treasurer of the Horton Manufacturing Company and his service as treasurer of the Yale College class of 1910.

Biographical / Historical

Morton Candee Treadway. Treasurer, Horton Manufacturing Company (sporting goods), Bristol, Conn.; residnce, "Hickory Hill," Bristol.

During World War II the Horton Manufacturing Company's plant was devoted entirely to war work. Treadway was a director and member of the executive and trust committees of the Bristol Bank & Trust Company. He continued to serve as president of the Bristol Community Chest through 1936 and from 1944 to 1947 was president of the Bristol Council of Boy Scouts. Since then he has been chairman of the camp committee. He was chairman of the music committee of the Bristol Congregational Church until 1940 and served as a deacon during the next six years, and during 1943-44 he was a district governor of the 199th District of Rotary International.

Treadway's sons were both connected with Horton Manufacturing Company, Morton, Jr., being secretary and in charge of personnel, and William, assistant engineer, in charge of reel designing and manufacturing. Morton, whose marriage to Ann Fox, of Glasgow, Pa., took place on February 14, 1942, has two daughters, Lucy Jean, born June 14, 1946, Candee Ann, born May 14, 1950. William married Virginia Wade of Bristol, on May 19, 1939, and has three children, Judith Appleton, born September 16, 1941, Mary Virginia on August 23, 1944, and Wade Ingraham on July 21, 1949.

His older daughter, Jean, was married on September 6, 1944 to Forrest Merton Holly, of Ramona, Calif. They have three children, Forrest Merton, Jr., born April 1, 1946, Faith Ingraham on January 26, 1948, and William Treadway on June 26, 1949. Lucy married Samuel Russell Mink, Jr. (son of Russell Mink, Yale '13), of Bristol, on July 12, 1947. They have a son, Samuel Russell, 3d, born September 14, 1948, and a daughter, Laura Churchill, on August 31, 1950.

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

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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