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Simeon Pease Folsom papers

Call Number: MS 947

Scope and Contents

These are letters and other papers of Simeon Pease Folsom of St. Paul, Minnesota, and various members of his family, 1840-1888. Included are letters from Folsom to his second, third, and fourth wives, and letters to Folsom from several of his brothers, his father, his children, and from two friends. There are also letters from other friends to and from Folsom's wives. The bulk of the letters deal with family matters and news of friends, although several business letters are also included. Among the more interesting letters are one from Folsom's brother Ward W. Folsom concerning his sorrow over the dispersal of the family, one from Folsom's brother Jeremiah Folsom about conditions in Lowell, Massachusetts, where he worked, and one from E. D. Spalding about a small pox epidemic.

In addition to correspondence, there is a small assortment of invitations, receipts, and other papers pertaining to Julia (Barnum) Folsom, and several Civil War items relating to Folsom's service with the Minnesota Infantry Volunteers, Company Number 7, and the Engineering Corps. These include certificates and orders concerning his promotions and discharge, and a hand-drawn map of Fort Alexis in Mobile Bay.

These papers were given to Yale University be Herman W. Liebert in 1961. The correspondence is arranged by family member.


  • 1840-1888


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are 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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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 Herman W. Liebert, 1961.


0.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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Correspondence and a small amount of Civil War papers of Simeon Pease Folsom of St. Paul, Minnesota and various members of his family. Included are letters from Folsom to his second, third, and fourth wives and other family correspondence. A letter from his brother, Jeremiah, describes conditions in Lowell, Massachusetts and another from E. D. Spalding discusses a small pox epidemic. The Civil War items consist of papers relating to Folsom's service with the Minnesota infantry volunteers and a map of Fort Alexis in Mobile Bay.

Biographical / Historical

Simeon Pease was born in Ascot, Canada, on December 27, 1819. He married Emeline Curts on March 9, 1846. He next married Julia A. Barnum on May 24, 1851, with whom he had two daughters. On October 23, 1860, he married Mary Gale Douglas, with whom he had a son. On October 26, 1876, he married Anna Louise Angier. Folsom died in 1888.

Guide to the Simeon Pease Folsom Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
June 1983
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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