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Anson Conger Goodyear Collection

Call Number: MS 244

Scope and Contents

This collection of Civil War materials, compiled by Anson C. Goodyear and given to Yale University in 1953, contains correspondence, diaries, proclamations, and other papers relating chiefly to the Civil War but also including letters from the Jacksonian period. The papers are mounted in a series of bound volumes devoted to various subjects. The folder list that follows provides descriptions of the individual items in the order in which they appear in the volumes; an alphabetical index to the items is appended to this register.

The first half of the collection pertains to the siege of Fort Sumter. Included are two diaries kept by General S. Wylie Crawford, surgeon at the Fort. There are also three volumes containing letters and other papers of Abraham Lincoln, Major Robert Anderson, General P.G.T. Beauregard, Gideon Welles, Salmon P. Chase, William Lloyd Garrison, and others.

The second half of the collection covers several topics. Abraham Lincoln's political associates and opinions of Lincoln expressed by Northern and Southern political figures form the subject matter of two volumes. Included are items by Horace Greeley, Mary Todd Lincoln, General Edward S. Bragg, James Garfield, and others. A volume devoted to the relations of Jefferson Davis and General Beauregard follows, containing letters by and about both men, while a further volume contains letters by and about General W.T. Sherman. In these three volumes are letters of Generals Jubal Early, Joseph E. Johnston, Braxton Bragg, and other military figures. The final volume concerns the controversy between Andrew Jackson and John Randolph, and contains items by both men, as well as by Francis Scott Key, Henry Clay, Martin Van Buren, Winfield Scott, and others.


  • 1813-1890


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of A. Conger Goodyear, 1953.


1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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Correspondence, diaries, proclamations, and drafts of letters chiefly relating to the Civil War, but also including letters from the Jacksonian period. The major portion of the collection concerns the siege of Fort Sumter with letters from both Major Robert Anderson and General P.G.T. Beauregard. Included also are a diary kept by General S. Wylie Crawford during the siege and two letters from Abraham Lincoln. Other portions of the collection concern Lincoln as a political figure; the relations of Jefferson Davis and General Beauregard, with letters by both principals; letters by and about General Sherman; and letters on the controversy between Andrew Jackson and John Randolph, with letters from both.

Biographical / Historical

Anson Conger Goodyear, the son of Charles W. Goodyear, was born in Buffalo, N.Y., June 20, 1877, where his father is engaged in the Lumber and Railroad Business. His mother's name is Ella P. (Conger) Goodyear. Anson was equipped with preparatory knowledge at the Nichols School, Buffalo, N.Y.

After graduation, Anson became connected with the Buffalo and Susquehanna Railroad Company, of which he is now Vice-President. He is Second Vice-President of the Great Southern Lumber Company, and Managing Director of the Goodyear Lumber Company, of which his father is Vice-President.

On June 29, 1904, in the City of Buffalo, N.Y., Anson was married to Miss Mary Forman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George V. Forman, of Buffalo, N.Y. They have one child, a son, born in Buffalo, N.Y., July 8, 1906, and named George Forman Goodyear.

Index to Correspondents

  1. Anderson, E.B. (Mrs. Robert) folder 4, pp.8-9
  2. Anderson, Robert folder 3, pp.7-11
  3. Ashton, Henry folder 10, pp.4-5
  4. Austin, Charles folder 4, p.43
  5. Beauregard, Pierre Gustave Toutant folder 3, pp.12-15
  6. Blair, Montgomery folder 3, pp.16-19
  7. Bonner, John folder 5
  8. Bragg, Braxton folder 9, pp.2-3
  9. Bragg, Edward S. folder 7, p.11
  10. Bright, John folder 7, p.3
  11. Buell, Don Carlos folder 3, pp. 20-23
  12. Campbell, John Archibald folder 4, pp.1-5
  13. Chase, Salmon P. folder 4, p.10
  14. Clay, Henry folder 10, pp.10-11
  15. Crawford, Samuel Wylie folder 1
  16. Davis, Jefferson folder 8, pp.2-10
  17. Early, Jubal folder 8, pp.15-24, 47
  18. Evans, Augusta J. folder 8, pp.41-46
  19. Foote, Andrew Hull folder 4, p.37
  20. Fox, Gustavus Vasa folder 3, pp.25-28
  21. Garfield, James Abram folder 6, p.5
  22. Garrison, William Lloyd folder 4, p.49
  23. Gist, States Rights folder 4, p.28
  24. Greeley, Horace folder 6, pp.1, 8
  25. Griffin, L.P. folder 5
  26. Hagood, Johnson folder 8, pp.11-12
  27. Hart, Peter folder 4, p.41
  28. Hatch, Israel Thompson folder 6, p.10
  29. Hawley, Joseph R. folder 4, pp.38-39
  30. Hay, John folder 6, p.2
  31. Hewett, S.C. folder 4, p.50
  32. Holt, Joseph folder 3, p.29
  33. Jackson, Andrew folder 10, pp.7, 15-16
  34. Jackson, Rachael (Mrs. Andrew) folder 10, pp. 7-8
  35. Jamison, David Flavel folder 4, p.44
  36. Johnston, Joseph E. folder 8, p.31
  37. Jones, David Rump folder 4, p.11
  38. Jones, James folder 4, p.45
  39. Jordan, Thomas folder 5
  40. Key, Francis Scott folder 10, pp.3, 6
  41. Lewis, William Berkeley folder 10, p.13
  42. Lincoln, Abraham folder 3, pp.2-4
  43. Lincoln, Mary folder 7, p.10
  44. Magrath, Andrew Gordon folder 4, p.42
  45. Mercer, Samuel folder 4, pp.33-36
  46. Miles, William Porcher folder 3, p.35
  47. Orr, James L. folder 3, p.34
  48. Pettigrew, James Johnston folder 4, p.32
  49. Pickens, Francis Wilkinson folder 3, pp.30-33
  50. Randolph, John folder 10, p.2
  51. Randolph, Martha (Jefferson) folder 10, p.1
  52. Reed, William folder 10, p.12
  53. Riley, James Whitcomb folder 7, p.7
  54. Ripley, Roswell S. folder 4, p.29
  55. Scott, Winfield folder 10, p.14
  56. Seymour, Horatio folder 6, p.6
  57. Sherman, John folder 6, p.7
  58. Sherman, William Tecumsah folder 9, p.1
  59. Simms, W. Gilmore folder 4, p.6
  60. Smith, Gustavus Woodson folder 4, p.31
  61. Stanton, Edwin McMasters folder 4, p.48
  62. Stevens, Isaac folder 7, p.1
  63. Stoddard, Richard H. folder 7, pp.4-5
  64. Sumner, Charles folder 6, p.9
  65. Sumter, Thomas folder 3, p.1
  66. Trapier, James H. folder 4, p.30
  67. Toucey, Isaac folder 4, p.40
  68. Van Buren, Martin folder 10, p.17
  69. Walker, W.S. folder 8, pp.36-38
  70. Welles, Gideon folder 3, pp.5-6
  71. Wright, Marcus J. folder 8, pp.39-40
  72. Unidentified folder 4, p.471
Guide to the Anson Conger Goodyear Collection
Under Revision
compiled by Marguerite S. Witkop
November 1979
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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