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Daniel Collins family papers

Call Number: MS 894

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a few letters, bills, and other miscellaneous papers concerning Daniel Collins (1739-1810?) and his son Daniel (1776-1849?), a ships' block maker. Pertaining to the elder Collins are two letters, one from his nephew Joseph Tufts, Jr., describing the death of Tufts' mother several weeks after giving birth (1801), the other from Collins to his son reporting on the health of the family (1802). There is one letter from the younger Collins to his second wife, Sophia Walker, written shortly after their marriage in 1812 from Washington, D.C., where Collins was seeking work in the navy yard, and two letters addressed to Collins by a friend, Thomas B. D'Wolf of Nova Scotia, reporting on old friends (1836).

Other papers pertaining to the younger Collins are his certificate of citizenship, receipts, a page from his commonplace book, and an insurance policy. Other items in the collection include anonymous printed and manuscript poems and texts and settings for a number of hymns, several pages from a log book of 1811, and an assortment of receipts, printed matter, and a facsimile of the memorial to the Colonial Assembly of Connecticut from the Connecticut Militia of 1775.

These papers were separated from the David Chittenden Collins Papers (Manuscript Group Number 886) in 1979. The provenance of the Daniel Collins Family Papers is unknown.


  • 1775-1893


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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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

The papers were separated from the David Chittenden Collins Papers (MS 886) in 1979.


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


Correspondence, receipts, music, log book pages (1811), and printed matter. The correspondence is largely among members of the family and also includes two letters to Daniel Collins' father, also named Daniel Collins. The music includes fifteen manuscript pages with words.

Biographical / Historical

Daniel Collins was born in 1776. He was a ships' block maker. He was married to Fanny Walker on May 8, 1803. He may have died in 1849.

Guide to the Daniel Collins Family 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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