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Downes family papers

Call Number: MS 962

Scope and Contents

This collection is made up of approximately seventy-five family letters and other papers, 1875-1903. The bulk of the correspondence pertains to Anson T. and Eliza Downes of New York City and Yonkers, New York, their daughter, Bazena Treat (Downes) Merriman, and their son, Stancliff B. Downes, and was written for the most part during summer trips to upstate New York. While a few letters deal with business and financial matters, most discuss family news and events.

Also in the collection are several business letters and papers and a few family letters of the Clark family and other unrelated individuals. The connection between the Downes family and the Clarks is unclear. Finally, the collection includes an unidentified photograph and miscellaneous printed items.


  • 1874-1903


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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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 of Timothy A. Clark and Mrs. Earl E. McIntosh, 1966.


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


Family and business correspondence of the Downes family of New York and of the Clark family.

Biographical / Historical

Stancliff Bazen Downes was born in New York City on December 5, 1859. He was educated at the Columbia University School of Mines, from which he graduated in 1882. He became a civil engineer in New York City and prepared a set of tax maps for parts of that city. He died from a combination of illnesses in New York City, on April 21, 1895, thirteen years before his father, Anson Treat Downes, who lived until July 22, 1908.

Guide to the Downes Family Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
July 1983
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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