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Peck family papers

Call Number: MS 1031
Scope and Contents
The papers of the Ambrose Peck family of Franklin, Yantic, Norwich, and New Britain, Conn., consist mainly of correspondence, diaries, legal and financial papers, photographs, and memorabilia of four individuals: Ambrose Peck; his son, John Hazen Peck; his son's wife, Abby Ann (Hyde) Peck; and their son, John Hyde Peck. The correspondence is mainly within the family, including Hazen and Hyde relations. One unidentified letter describes the battle of Bunker Hill, and Ambrose Peck's letters to his wife report on the military situation in New London and Groton during the War of 1812. The diaries are those of Abby Ann (Hyde) Peck (from her school days, 1824-1832, and her old age, 1874-1883) and John Hyde Peck (intermittently as student, teacher, and principal, 1853-1883). The photographs show scenes of Nantucket, some with people in the middle ground, from the late nineteenth or early twentieth century.

The papers of the Ambrose Peck family were given to Yale University Library by William H. Peck, Jr., in 1962. Blank picture postcards were transferred to the Historical Postcard Collection. Published photographs of Yale and the Brooklyn Bridge were transferred to the Historical Picture Collection.

The letters were given to Yale University Library by Edward Ingram in January 1948. The law notebooks were given by Irving J. Wasley in February 1948.


The papers of Henry S. and Eliza G. (Fairchild) Peck of Brookfield Center, Conn., were donated by M. Earle in 1944. The letter of Eliza J. Peck (?) was given by Edward Ingram in 1948. The pass to the U.S. Senate chambers was given by Whitman Bailey in 1945. The remaining items—all or most of which relate to the Peck family of Bristol, Conn., and their relations—were the gift of Ellen Peck in 1948. Tracy Peck and Epaphroditus Peck were also members of this family.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is 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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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 of William H. Peck, Jr., 1962.
Arranged in four series: I. Ambrose Peck Family. II. Tracy Peck. III. Epaphroditus Peck. IV. Other Pecks.
3.5 Linear Feet (10 boxes, 1 folio)
Related Names
Peck family
Language of Materials