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Munson family papers

 Collection
Call Number: MS 734

Scope and Contents

These papers consist of correspondence and legal and financial papers of two distantly related branches of the Munson family of New Haven and nearby towns in Connecticut.

For a chart outlining the genealogical relations of the Munson family, please consult theGenealogical Chart.

Further details are available in The Munson Record by Myron A. Munson.

Most of the correspondence pertains to Edwin Beach Munson (1817-1879) and includes family letters from his brother Francis (1827-?), who was a book dealer in Chicago, and his sons Albert (1842-?) and Edward (1854-?), a few business letters, and some correspondence of other members of his family. Legal and financial papers from 1849 and 1879 relating to this branch of the family include the will of Charles Munson (1792-1879), various deeds to land in New Haven, receipts, and an unidentified photograph.

The rest of the papers stem from the family of Bazel Munson (1729-1803), and consist entirely of legal and financial papers dating from 1710 to 1844. Most are deeds for land in New Haven and vicinity, the earliest being a deed from David Yale (1693-1757) to Isaac Stiles, father-in-law of Bazel Munson. Papers other than deeds include promissory notes, lists of debts, a lease to Bazel Munson for a sawmill, and other similar items.

The Munson Family Papers were purchased by Yale University in 1944 and 1946.

Dates

  • 1710-1888

Creator

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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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

Purchased from M. Earle, 1944 and 1946; transferred from Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 1999

Extent

1 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.0734

Overview

Correspondence, financial papers, and deeds of two branches of the Munson family of New Haven and nearby Connecticut towns. Most of the correspondence pertains to Edwin Beach Munson (1817-1879), his sons Albert L. Munson (b. 1842) and Edward Munson (b. 1854), and Edwin's brother Francis Munson (b. 1827), a book dealer in Chicago.Several letters ca. 1866 concern a patent for making paper napkins.The remaining papers, consisting of deeds and financial papers, relate to the family of Baszel Munson (1730-1803). An addition to the collection consists of a commonplace scraprook of Emily C. Munson of New Haven.

Biographical / Historical

For a chart outlining the genealogical relations of the Munson family, please consult the Genealogical Chart.
Title
Guide to the Munson Family Papers
Status
Under Revision
Author
by Janet Elaine Gertz
Date
October 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

Contact:
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Location

Sterling Memorial Library
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120 High Street
New Haven, CT 06511

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