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Wetmore family papers

Call Number: MS 548
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of the papers of George Peabody Wetmore (1846-1921), governor of Rhode Island, 1885-1887, U.S. Senator, 1895-1913, and other papers collected by him. These papers, going back to the 17th century, reflect Wetmore's interest in New England history. Special emphasis is given to Rhode Island (especially Newport) and Massachusetts (especially Boston and Salem), and to the family names Dudley and Derby (to whom Wetmore was related through his mother), Wetmore, and Keteltas (to whom Wetmore was related through his wife). Some papers related to the Aaron Burr family have been transferred to the Burr Family Papers. The collection also contains some papers of General William Shepard (1737-1817; his daughter Nancy was Wetmore's paternal grandmother), who commanded the force which quelled Shays' Rebellion in 1787. (See the genealogical tables for the Wetmores and also for the Graftons, whose business correspondence forms a separate unit at the end of the collection.)

Wetmore's personal papers contain letters from many important Washington figures including Presidents Roosevelt and Taft. Among the most heavily represented of these correspondents are Elihu Root and John Hay. The letters are individually catalogued in the department manuscript catalog on microfiche.
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
The Wetmore Family Papers were given to Yale University Library by Edith and Maude Wetmore between 1942 and 1947.
The papers are arranged by format.
Related Materials
Some papers of the Rev. Izrahiah Wetmore II are in the Yale Divinity Library.
5.5 Linear Feet (12 boxes)
Related Names
Wetmore family
Language of Materials