David Chittenden Collins papers
Scope and Contents
This small collection consists of correspondence of David Chittenden Collins with family and a few others between the years 1845 and 1851. The bulk of the letters are thirty-three exchanged between Collins and his wife, Clarissa (Ely) Collins during his business trips to New York City, and three letters to Collins from his daughters. These letters deal almost entirely with household matters and family news; frequent topics are the upbringing of the children, the family's health, and relations with Clarissa Collins' family. The remaining nine letters from other correspondents discuss such matters as renting property and hiring servants.
The letters are arranged alphabetically by author. They were given to Yale University in 1956, and previously formed part of the Daniel Collins Family Papers, Manuscript Group Number 894.
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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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 in 1956 as part of the Daniel Collins Family Papers (MS 894).
0.25 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
The papers consist of family correspondence of which the largest group is made up of letters between David Collins and his wife, Clarissa. Also included are three letters to Collins from his daughters. The letters discuss domestic affairs such as the upbringing of children, health, and family relations.
Biographical / Historical
David Chittenden Collins was probably born in 1803, the son of Elizabeth Watkinson and Alexander Collins. After Alexander's unexpected death in 1815, Eliza moved with her children from Middletown to Hartford, Connecticut. In Hartford, David was employed at his Uncle David Wilkinson's hardware store. In the early 1820s, Collins began a blacksmith shop, where he forged and tempered axes. In 1826, Collins & Co. was formed as a partnership between David, his brother Samuel, and their cousin, William Wells. The company produced axes and was extremely successful. Collins died in 1861.
- Guide to the David C. Collins Papers
- Under Revision
- compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
- April 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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