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.