Scope and Contents
Topics discussed in these papers include a wide variety of personal and family-related concerns, the estates of several family members, including Eli Whitney, and the professional careers of many of the above-named individuals. The scientific and inventing pursuits of Eli Whitney Blake (1795-1896), the academic career of physicist Eli Whitney Blake (1826-1895), the geological and mineralogical interests of William Phipps Blake are documented, as are the legal and political activites of Henry Taylor Blake, the hand craft industry operated by Dotha Bushnell, and the Civil War duties of Edward Foster Blake.
SERIES II, FAMILY CORRESPONDENCE, 1792-1921, contains letters exchanged between members of the extended Blake family. The letters are arranged alphabetically by the name of the author. For each author correspondence is organized alphabetically by the name of the correspondent. Thus, Charles Thompson Blake's letters to his father, Eli Whitney Blake are found under the former's name (box 8, folder 198), while Eli Whitney Blake's letters to his son Charles are found under the elder Blake's name (box 9, folder 223). Several generations and branches of the Blake family are represented in the series, including many of the female members.
The correspondence (and related papers) of Eli Whitney (box 19, folders 401-408) includes letters to his nephew, Eli Whitney Blake, and to his brother Josiah Whitney. Two financial accounts of cotton gin sales are also included (1807; 1824). Letters written to Eli Whitney Blake focus on the latter's impending education at Yale College (1811-1814), although later correspondence (1817-1819) includes a discussion of a hydrolic powered syphon for a water fountain
Correspondence to Josiah Whitney (1792-1823.) details Eli Whitney's interest and concern in family affairs and provides information on his business pursuits, including travels to the South in the early 1800's. The development and sale of the cotton gin are discussed, as are the political consequences of the Embargo Act and the War of 1812. Whitney was in Washington, D.C. in 1892, and his comments on the activities of Congress are those of a close observer. Personal and financial commentary continues through the year 1816. Correspondence from 1817-1819 is absent, although letters from 1820-1823 continue the regular exchange of letters between the brothers.
SERIES III, PERSONAL PAPERS, 1780-1920, contains a variety of account books, scrapbooks, sermons, notebooks, and miscellanea of family members and other individuals.Selectfiles contains material arranged by the individual author/compiler.Topicalfiles contain material not attributed to an individual.Selectfiles include a notebook identified as that of Caleb Cushing. The volume contains clippings and data relating to the presidential election of 1864. Items relating to Edward Foster Blake include a published "Synopsis of Chemical Lectures in Yale College," (ca. 1856) and a "Colloquy for the Wooden Spoon," (August, 1852).Topical filesinclude a small quantity of estate records, photographs, and obituaries for family members.
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Biographical / Historical
Eli Whitney Blake was born in Westboro, Massachusetts on January 27, 1795. He graduated from Yale in 1816 and assisted his uncle, Eli Whitney, in the operation of a gun factory in New Haven, Connecticut. Blake continued the business after Whitney's death. In 1858 he invented the Blake crusher, a machine which broke stone into gravel. Blake wrote scientific papers and received an honorary degree (LL.D.) from Yale in 1875. He died in New Haven, Connecticut on August 18, 1886.
ELI WHITNEY BLAKE, 1836-1895
Eli Whitney Blake was born in New Haven, Connecticut on April 20, 1836. He graduated from Yale College in 1857. He served as professor of chemistry at the University of Vermont (1867), professor of physics at Cornell University (1868-1870), acting professor of physics at Columbia (1868-1869), and professor of physics at Brown University (1870-1886).
WILLIAM PHIPPS BLAKE, 1826
William Phipps Blake was born in New York City on June 1, 1826. He received the degree of Ph.B. from Yale in 1852. He served as geologist and mineralogist for a U.S. Pacific railroad expedition and became a professor of mineralogy and geology.
HENRY TAYLOR BLAKE, 1828-1922
Henry Taylor Blake was born in New Haven, Connecticut on April 27, 1828. He graduated from Yale in 1848 (A.B.) and studied at the Yale Law School. He practiced law in Bridgeport, Connecticut from 1850-1885. He returned to New Haven in 1885 and served on many municipal organizations until his death on April 6, 1922.
- African Americans
- Alaska -- History -- To 1867
- Alden, John A.
- Arts and crafts movement
- Atkinson, G. H. (George Henry), 1819-1889
- Bacon, Helen Hazard, 1862-1925
- Baldwin, Simeon E. (Simeon Eben), 1840-1927
- Barbour, Caroline P.
- Barstow, Elizabeth Fay Blake, 1792-1869
- Barstow, Josiah Whitney, 1826-
- Barstow, Z. S. (Zedekiah Smith), 1790-1873
- Blake, Charles Thompson, 1826-1897
- Blake, Edward Foster, 1837-1862
- Blake, Edward Spencer, 1811-1881
- Blake, Eli W. (Eli Whitney), 1795-1886
- Blake, Eli Whitney, 1836-1895
- Blake, Eli Whitney, 1867-1902
- Blake, Elihu, 1764-1849
- Blake, Elihu, 1793-
- Blake, Eliza Maria O'Brien, 1799-1876
- Blake, Elizabeth Coit Kingsley, 1830-1914
- Blake, Elizabeth E. Vernon
- Blake, George A., -1882
- Blake, George W., 1808-1844
- Blake, Harriet M. Rood, -1869
- Blake, Harriet Waters Stiles
- Blake, Henry T. (Henry Taylor), 1828-1922
- Blake, Isabel
- Blake, James Pierrepont, 1839-1865
- Blake, John Adams
- Blake, Josiah Whitney
- Blake, Maria Georgianna
- Blake, Maria Louisa
- Blake, Philos, 1791-
- Blake, William P. (William Phipps), 1826-1910
- Bliss, Isaac G. (Isaac Grout), 1822-1889
- Brace, Henry Martyn, 1828-1901
- Bushnell, Adra V. Holmes, -1896
- Bushnell, Dotha, 1861-1921
- Bushnell, Ethel Maitland Barnard
- Bushnell, Frances Louisa
- Bushnell, George E. (George Ensign), 1853-1924
- Bushnell, George, 1818-1898
- Bushnell, Horace, 1802-1876
- Bushnell, Mary Apthorp
- Bushnell, Mary Elizabeth Blake, 1823-1916
- Champlin, Carrie B.
- Cheney, Mary Bushnell, 1840-1917
- Cost and standard of living
- Cotton gins and ginning
- Dickinson, L. S.
- Eaton, Daniel Cady, 1834-1895
- Electric Purifier Company
- Ellsworth, Catharine C. Smith
- Fisher, Margaret Hazard, -1940
- Foote, Amelia Stiles Leavitt Jenkins, 1799-1867
- Foster, Harriet Smith, 1815-1893
- Geology -- Alaska
- Gilman, Daniel C. (Daniel Coit), 1831-1908
- Gould, William Tracy, 1799-1882
- Hazard, Ada Blake
- Hazard, Caroline, 1856-1945
- Hazard, Margaret Anna Rood, 1834-1895
- Hazard, Mary Pierrepont Bushnell, 1859-1936
- Hazard, Rowland Gibson, 1855-1918
- Hazard, Rowland, 1829-1898
- Henshaw, Sarah Edwards, 1822-1894
- Hillhouse High School (New Haven, Conn.)
- Hopkins Grammar School
- Industries -- Connecticut -- New Haven
- Langdon, Abigail Pierrepont, 1797-
- Leavitt, Mary H., 1798-
- McWhorter Henrietta Whitney Blake, 1825-1901
- Merrill, Eliza Skinner Bushnell, 1857-1919
- Merrill, Robert T.
- Middle West
- New England
- New Haven (Conn.)
- New Haven (Conn.) -- Social life and customs
- O'Brien, Henry Edward, 1797-1822
- Orcutt, Fannie Louisa Blake
- Orcutt, John, 1807-1879
- Osborn, Fannie Louisa Blake, 1835-1893
- Peace Dale (R.I.)
- Preston, H. W. (Harriet Waters), 1836-1911
- Rice, Eliza Blake Seely, 1841-
- Rice, Eliza Maria O'Brien
- Rice, John
- Rice, John Pierrepont, 1879-1941
- Seely, Edward Blake, 1863-
- Simpson, Helen
- Smith, Emma J. Dickinson
- Smith, Mary Elizabeth Bushnell Brookes, 1882-
- Stevens, Eugene Rolaz, 1837-1905
- Stevenson, Hannah E.
- Taylor, Henry Wyllys, 1796-1888
- Tomlinson, Charles, 1837-1921
- Trow, George William, 1837-1872
- Trumbull, David, 1819-1889
- Trumbull, Jane Wales Fitch
- Tyler, Edwin, 1827-1868
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
- Vandegrift, Margaret, 1845-1913
- Wannamaker, Katharine Hume
- Wannamaker, Olin D.
- West (U.S.)
- Whitney, Eli, 1740-1807
- Whitney, Eli, 1765-1825
- Whitney, Eli, 1820-1895
- Whitney, Henrietta Frances Edwards
- Woodward, Jane F.
- Yale College (1887- ). Class of 1891
- Yale University -- Students
- Guide to the Blake Family Papers
- compiled by William E. Brown, Jr. and Isabell McDonnell
- December 1984
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English.
- October 2008: Finding aid revision description not supplied.