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Selden Warner papers

Call Number: MS 536

Scope and Contents

Correspondence and other papers (1798-1839) of Selden Warner and various members of his family make up the Selden Warner Papers. Both family correspondence and a few business letters, one written by Jeremiah Day, are included, as are legal and financial papers such as indentures and documents relating to the estates of Elizabeth and Jonathan Warner. Over half of the collection consists of accounts and other papers relating to the shad fishing industry near Lyme, Connecticut, in which Selden Warner and his sons were active.

These papers were given to Yale University by Henry Selden Johnston in 1945.


  • 1780-1839


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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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 Henry Selden Johnston in 1945.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

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 family legal and financial papers. The bulk of the papers relate to the activities of family members in the shad fishing industry near Lyme, Connecticut.

Biographical / Historical

Selden Warner was a son of Jonathan Warner, of Hadlyme Parish, in Lyme, Connecticut, and grandson of Andrew Warner. His mother was Elizabeth, daughter of Joseph Selden, Junior, of Haddam.

He became a physician in Hadlyme, and married in 1788 his second cousin Dorothy, youngest daughter of Colonel Samuel and Elizabeth (Ely) Selden, of Lyme, who died in 1825, at the age of 57.

He died in Hadlyme, from paralysis, on March 1, 1843, aged 82 years. His children were seven sons and two daughters. One son was graduated at Yale in 1817, who followed his father's profession; and a granddaughter married Chief Justice Morrison R. Waite (Yale 1837).

From Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College by Franklin B. Dexter.

Guide to the Selden Warner Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
September 1981
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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