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Annie Burr Jennings collection

Call Number: MS 687

Scope and Contents

In 1940 Mrs. Wilmarth S. Lewis gave to Yale University in memory of her aunt, Annie Burr Jennings, a collection of letters and other papers dealing with Aaron Burr and members of his family and related families. These papers were subsequently divided into the Burr Family papers (Manuscript Group Number 303) and the Reeve Family papers (Manuscript Group Number 686). The Annie Burr Jennings Collection is composed of materials which do not pertain directly to either of the other two collections.

Contained here are approximately forty autograph letters and documents, dating for the most part from the Revolutionary War era, and three letters written to Annie Burr Jennings by friends. Among the items of historical interest are a letter of Richard Wagner, one from Samuel Adams to William and Thomas Bradford, a letter from George Washington to his nephew Bushrod Washington, and a letter to George Washington from the architect William Thornton discussing some houses being built by Washington and plans for the capitol.


  • 1775-1930


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

Gift of Mrs. W. S. Lewis, 1940.


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

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An autograph collection of approximately forty letters and documents, chiefly dating from the Revolutionary War era. Prominent in the collection are Ashbel Green, James Wadsworth, and George Washington. Among the later writers are Albert Bierstadt, Richard Wagner and correspondents of Annie Burr Jennings.

Guide to the Annie Burr Jennings Collection
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
February 1983
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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