Scope and Contents
This collection is made up of miscellaneous manuscript and printed items which, although ephemeral, illuminate in unexpected ways corners of American life. The letters, generally from unidentified writers, reveal something about business methods, education, and the life of the times. Farming, mining, land speculation, and the opening up of new territories are some of the subjects discussed in these letters.
Also included are legal and financial documents that record the transfer of offices, the price of land, and the cost of goods and services. Printed matter, such as land offerings, trade cards, advertisements of various sorts, campaign literature, and other ephemera are also included and add to the flavor of the periods covered. Both 19th and 20th century material is included in this collection.
Since the items are arranged by accession in numbered folders, there is no chronological or alphabetical order. Wherever possible, however, the material is grouped by subject. By scanning the subject headings in the register, the researcher can readily locate the topics covered.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright status for collection materials is unknown, though much of the material in this collection is likely in the public domain. 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.
1.25 Linear Feet (3 boxes, 2 folios)
Language of Materials
An artificial collection of correspondence, advertisements, brochures, broadsides, newspapers, magazines, posters, programs, printed material, and miscellanea relating to American life and culture, ca.1824-1952.
The following materials were removed from the collection: exhibition materials transferred to the Exhibitions Collection (MS 893); "Military education in American Colleges," by Colonel Henry B. Carrinton, transferred to the Carrington Family Papers (MS 130); E. Ingraham Co. materials transferred to the University of Connecticut Library.
- Guide to the American Life Collection
- Under Revision
- compiled by Staff of Manuscripts and Archives
- February 1975
- 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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