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Goodyear Family Papers

 Collection
Call Number: MS 245

Scope and Contents

Papers of the Goodyear family of Connecticut of whom the principal figures are Edward Bassett Goodyear of Naugatuck, Ellsworth D. S. Goodyear, a Civil War general, and Watson Andrews Goodyear, a geologist.The papers of Edward B. Goodyear contain extensive family correspondence including forty-three letters written between 1855 and 1872 by his mother, Esther M. Bassett Goodyear. His papers also contain autobiographical notes and financial documents. Ellsworth D.S. Goodyear, who was a Civil War general is represented by diaries, including one (1863-1865) in the Civil War period and reminiscences. There is also a diary kept by F. Wilbur Goodyear while he was imprisoned in Andersonville. The papers of Watson Andrews Goodyear contain geological reports on various sites in the West (1865-1873) and an account of a series of earthquakes in El Salvador (1879-1880).

Dates

  • 1755-1908

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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 and purchase, 1942-1943.

Arrangement

Arranged by family members.

Extent

1.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes, 1 folio)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.0245

Overview

Papers of the Goodyear family of Connecticut of whom the principal figures are Edward Bassett Goodyear of Naugatuck, Ellsworth D. S. Goodyear, a Civil War general, and Watson Andrews Goodyear, a geologist.The papers of Edward B. Goodyear contain extensive family correspondence including forty-three letters written between 1855 and 1872 by his mother, Esther M. Bassett Goodyear. His papers also contain autobiographical notes and financial documents. Ellsworth D.S. Goodyear, who was a Civil War general is represented by diaries, including one (1863-1865) in the Civil War period and reminiscences. There is also a diary kept by F. Wilbur Goodyear while he was imprisoned in Andersonville. The papers of Watson Andrews Goodyear contain geological reports on various sites in the West (1865-1873) and an account of a series of earthquakes in El Salvador (1879-1880).

Biographical / Historical

CHARLES GOODYEAR, 1833-1896

The only papers of the rubber-manufacturing family are one letter from Charles Goodyear, Jr., and one from the treasurer of the Goodyear India Rubber Glove M'f'g Co.

EDWARD BASSETT GOODYEAR, 1840-1899

Edward B. Goodyear was a son of Chauncey and Esther M. (Bassett) Goodyear, a brother of Watson A. Goodyear, and probably a great-grandson of Stephen Goodyear. He fought in the Civil War, lived briefly in Meriden, worked for a supplier of telegraphic equipment in Chicago, and returned to Connecticut in 1874, settling permanently in Naugatuck. His papers in this collection are autobiographical notes, letters from friends and family, and copybooks made by his children, Clinton, Esther, and Frank. These items were purchased from Whitlock's in 1940 and 1945.

Ellsworth D.S. Goodyear and F. Wilbur Goodyear are represented in this collection mainly by diaries related to their service in the Civil War. For Ellsworth Goodyear there is also some postwar material: record books, speeches, and almanacs with interleaved records of the weather. These papers were given to Yale University Library by Mrs. Joseph H. Townsend in 1943.

STEPHEN GOODYEAR, 1729-1803

Stephen Goodyear was deacon and treasurer of the Mt. Carmel Congregational Church and captain of the 15th (Mt. Carmel) company of the 2nd (Col. Joseph Thompson's) regiment of the Connecticut infantry (militia). He is represented in this collection by a photostatic copy of a daybook spanning from 1755 to 1804. It contains personal entries and church and military records. This volume was given to Yale University Library by Clarence W. Bronson in 1945, having been copied from the original by the Connecticut State Library in 1932.

WATSON ANDREWS GOODYEAR, 1839-1891

Sheffield Scientific School, 1863

Watson Andrews Goodyear, the son of Chauncey Good-year, Jr., was born in Hamden, New Haven County, Conn. He was employed immediately after graduation in the translation of a portion of Bodemann's Anleitung zur Probierkunst, and in the spring of 1865 he and Mr. Theodore A. Blake went to California, in a partnership as Civil and Mining Engineers which was not dissolved until the spring of 1875. In the meantime he did much other, independent and special work in the line of his profession He was employed, for instance, for some months in 1866-1867 on a topographical Goodyear Family Papers (MS 0245) - 2 survey in the vicinity of the Cliff House, San Francisco. In April, 1870, he entered the service of the Geological survey of California, under Professor J. D. Whitney, and was actively employed until the close of the season of 1873, when that Survey was stopped. Most of his work in this connection has appeared in the publications of the Survey. At a later date he was employed in the present State Survey of California. The fine collection of specimens of rocks made by him in these years now forms the principal part of the collection belonging to the University of California. In 1877 he published in San Francisco a volume on the Coal Mines of the Western Coast of the United States. In 1877 he returned to Connecticut, but soon went back again to California, and in the fall of 1879 went to the Republic of Salvador as State Geologist. While there he had the opportunity of observing a remarkable series of earthquakes, is detailed account of which he published at Panama in 1880. In the spring of 1881 he returned from San Salvador, and he remained in the vicinity of New Haven until 1885 or 1886, when he resumed the practice of his profession in California. He was subsequently employed as geologist of the State Mineralogical Bureau. He died in San Francisco on April 10, 1891, at the age of 52.

Yale Obituary Record, 1890-1900.

Watson A. Goodyear was a brother of Edward B. Goodyear and probably a great-grandson of Stephen Goodyear. His papers in this collection are reports and financial records related to his work as a geologist. The reports were purchased from Whitlock's in 1940.

Correspondents of Edward B. Goodyear

  1. Barrie, George
  2. Blake, Theodore A.
  3. Bliss, Goerge H. & Co.
  4. Bliss, Tillatson & Co.
  5. Brainerd, H.L.
  6. Bronson, Nathaniel R.
  7. Brooks, John B.
  8. Chapman, Charles Wesley
  9. Chapman, Mrs. Charles W.
  10. Chapman, E.C.
  11. Chapman, Edward Forrest
  12. Chapman, Etta S.
  13. Clifford, Joseph W.
  14. Costigan, E.
  15. Dickerman, Horace
  16. Dickinson, Susan E.
  17. Doolittle, A.I.
  18. Faulkner, Lizzie G.
  19. Ford, Frederick D.
  20. Goodyear, Caroline (Merriman)
  21. Goodyear, Charles P.
  22. Goodyear, Chauncey
  23. Goodyear, Elizabeth S.
  24. Goodyear, Esther M. (Bassett)
  25. Goodyear, M.W.
  26. Goodyear, S.W.
  27. Goodyear, Watson Andrews
  28. Grossman, G.J.
  29. Hall, S. Josephine
  30. Hill, Hattie
  31. Jewell, Alice (Merriman)
  32. Jewell, Charles W.
  33. King, Saide P.
  34. Loomis, C.A.
  35. McFarland, Angeline M.
  36. Merriman, John W.
  37. Milliken, C.A.
  38. Orton, Thomas
  39. Parkhurst, Lizzy (Hall)
  40. Peek, Elmer E.
  41. Powers, Amelia Jennett (Chapman)
  42. Pultz, C.A.
  43. Rapp, John Edward
  44. Raymond, R.W.
  45. Rudy, W.H.
  46. Russell, William
  47. Sandland, Lizzie H.
  48. Smith, Robert A.
  49. Strickland, N.I.
  50. Tyler, W.C.
  51. Vincent, Sarah H.
  52. Watts, J. Harold
Title
Guide to the Goodyear Family Papers
Status
Under Revision
Author
compiled by Susan Grigg
Date
November 1979
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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