Scope and Contents
This is a collection of papers, mostly legal and financial, concerning the Doolittle family of Cheshire, Connecticut; and of prints engraved by Amos Doolittle, who settled in New Haven. The nineteen different prints include a late version of one of the famous "Battle of Lexington" series, and a complete set of the "Prodigal Son" prints. There is also one engraving plate.
The family papers are mostly deeds and wills concerning Cheshire, Connecticut; these include a survey of land, 1687 Oct 23, a plan for a highway, 1737 Sept. 23, and 49 deeds. There are only three items of correspondence. A principal figure in the papers is Andrew Hull (1754-1824); for information about him, and a more detailed description of the family papers, see the appendix to this register, which consists of obsolete catalog cards.
Further engravings by Amos Doolittle are in Miscellaneous MSS (Sattig Collection) and at the Yale Art Gallery, a copy of a lease signed by him is in Miscellaneous MSS (Freemasons Miscellaneous), and printed material about him is at the Beinecke Rare Book Library.
The papers were purchased from Hurwitz in July 1946, at least partly with the help of C. Sanford Bull.
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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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 Hurwitz in 1946.
2.5 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Language of Materials
Legal and financial papers, deeds, and correspondence concerning the Doolittle family of Cheshire, Connecticut. Also included are prints engraved by Amos Doolittle, who settled in New Haven. Many of the papers concern Andrew Hull, a member of the Connecticut legislature.
Biographical / Historical
Amos Doolittle: engraver; born in Cheshire but lived most of his adult life in New Haven, Conn.; charter member of the Governor's Foot Guard; worked also as a silversmith; one of his principal works was an engraving entitled "Display of the United States of America."
For a listing of collection contents, please consult theCollection Inventory.
- Guide to the Doolittle Family Papers
- Under Revision
- compiled by John Espy
- September 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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