Scope and Contents
This collection consists of nine bound volumes belonging to John Graves Chapman (b. 1838), a feed and grain dealer and insurance agent of New Haven, Connecticut. There is also an undated photograph of Chapman in his office.
Six of the volumes record claims for pensions made by Connecticut Civil War Veterans between 1888 and 1914. Included are depositions by the claimants and notes as to which pensions were granted and for what amounts. It is unclear whether Chapman kept these records as a government employee or as part of a private agency. The first volume also contains a seventy-page cash account kept by Chapman, 1876-1877.
Two further volumes contain records of Chapman's insurance business for the years 1898-1913, including a "List of Members, Universal Identification and Recovery Company," and "Revised List of Members, United States Register Company." In the first of these volumes is mounted a collection of postmarks arranged by state.
The final volume is a letterbook, ca. 1866-1879, devoted to Chapman's feed and grain business and financial matters.
All nine of these volumes are in poor condition and must be handled with care.
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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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, 1945 and 1946.
1 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
The papers consist of nine volumes, six of which contain records of claims for pensions made by Civil War veterans from Connecticut. The remaining volumes contain accounts related to John Graves Chapman's insurance business, a letterbook (ca. 1866-1879), and a collection of mounted postmarks.
- Account books
- Chapman, John Graves, b. 1838
- Feed industry
- Insurance companies -- Connecticut -- New Haven
- Military pensions -- United States -- Civil War, 1861-1865
- New Haven (Conn.) -- Commerce
- Postmarks -- United States
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
- Guide to the John G. Chapman Papers
- Under Revision
- compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
- April 1983
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository
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