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Roswell Parish papers

Call Number: MS 1020

Scope and Contents

The Roswell Parish Papers fall into three groups: Yale College materials, Civil War materials, and general materials. The Yale materials consist of letters from College administrators about Parish's academic standing, notices of fraternities, and five letters from Walter Camp concerning football. The Civil War materials are largely letters of introduction which Parish obtained to facilitate conveying his brother, Burleigh, home after he had been wounded in the Battle of Antietam, with some other related materials. Finally, the general materials contain letters and notices about social events, a letter from Maxfield Parrish on Par(r)ish family genealogy, and a selection of autographs cut from letters and documents. Included among the signers are E. E. Hale, Alvan G. Clark, John T. Morse, N. R. Huntington, Francis A. Walker, Edward H. Hall, Timothy Dwight, and E. C. Williams.


  • 1858-1921


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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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 Florence A. Williams, 1959.


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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The papers contain correspondence related to Roswell Parish's attendance at Yale College (Class of 1864), Civil War letters consisting of letters of introduction obtained by Parish in conveying his brother home from the Battle of Antietam and miscellaneous correspondence, autographs, and printed matter. Included in the letters is one from Maxfield Parrish on family genealogy. Among the signatures are those of E. E. Hale, Alvan G. Clark, John T. Morse, N. R. Huntington, Francis A. Walker, Edward H. Hall, Timothy Dwight and E. C. Williams. The Yale letters are chiefly from college officials about Parish's academic standing, but also included are five letters from Walter Camp concerning football.

Biographical / Historical

Roswell Parish, B.A. 1864.

Born December 3, 1840, in Smithtown, N. Y.

Died August 10, 1932, in Brookline, Mass.

Father, Roswell Parish; engaged in educational work; son of Major Roswell Parish and Lucy (Harris) Parish, of Canterbury, Conn. Mother, Desire (Smith) Parish; daughter of Captain Thomas Smith and Sarah (Smith) Smith, of Smithtown. Yale relatives include: Percy Jackson, '85 S., and Winslow T. Williams, ex-'85 S. (nephews); and E. Winslow Williams, '14 (grandnephew).

Hartford Public High School. Entered Yale with Class of 1863 but left at end of Sophomore year; taught at Hartford Public High School and Columbia Institute for the Deaf in Washington, D. C.,1861-January, 1864; then returned to Yale as a Senior; member Beethoven Society, Brothers in Unity, and Kappa Sigma Epsilon.

Taught mathematics, English and history at Columbia Institute for the Deaf 1864-65 and at Norwich (Conn.) Free Academy 1865-67; agent for New York Life Insurance Company at Worcester, Mass., 1867-68; instructor in mathematics and physics at Worcester High School 1868-1875; conducted a private school under his own name in Worcester 1875-76; instructor in mathematics and physics at Williston Academy 1876-1882 and at Mrs. Quincy A. Shaw's Private School in Boston 1882-87 (principal of academic department 1884-87); conducted a private school for girls under his own name in Boston 1887-1893; instructor in mathematics at Mechanical Arts High School, Boston, from 1893 until retirement in 1911 (acting headmaster in 1894); had since been engaged in compiling genealogical records of his ancestors, John Parish, of Groton, Mass., and Stonington, Conn., and Richard Smith, of Smithtown; member New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, Eastern Association of Physics Teachers, and Payson Church (Congregational), Easthampton, Mass.

Married April 30, 1869, in Norwich, Conn., Mary Jeannette, daughter of Marvin and Mary Jeannette (Brinckerhoff) McNulty. One son, Roswell, Jr., ex -'95 S. Mrs. Parish died February 17, 1915.

Death due to carcinoma of the stomach. Buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Boston. Survived by son.

(Taken from Yale Obituary Record, 1931-34, pp. 5-6).

Guide to the Roswell Parish Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
July 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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