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Cummings family papers

Call Number: MS 860

Scope and Contents

Correspondence and other papers relating to descendants of Joseph Cummings (1745-1788) make up the Cummings Family Papers. Aside from a small amount of correspondence and a variety of deeds and other legal and financial papers relating to lands in New Hampshire, the Papers contain several sermons by Charles Cummings, his diaries, notebook, account book, and journal, as well as essays and a French exercise book of his daughter, Anna Gove (Cummings) Boyden.

These papers were purchased by Yale University in 1945.


  • 1794-1886


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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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


0.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


The principal figures are Charles Cummings, a minister in Sullivan, New Hampshire and his daughter Anna Gove Cummings Boyden. Included are notebooks, account books, and diaries kept by Charles Cummings and schoolbooks of his daughter before her marriage in 1838. Also in the papers are family correspondence and legal and financial papers.

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Cummings was born in 1745 and died on September 24, 1788. He grauated from Harvard College in 1768. He married Anna Grove on December 5, 1776. They had six children.

Reverand Charles Cummings was born in 1777 and dies in December 27, 1849. He was a Baptist preacher. He married Polly Hemenway on October 9, 1798. They had seven children.

Cyrus Cummings was born in 1782 and died on April 26, 1827. He married Susan Wildes on May 25, 1809. They had five children. He managed the Topsfield Tavern in Topsfield, Massachusettes.

Source: The Cummings Memorial by George Mooar.

Guide to the Cummings Family Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
November 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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