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Asa Fish papers

Call Number: MS 963

Scope and Contents

The Asa Fish Papers consist of letters, printed notices, and commercial papers that Fish received from relatives, friends, and associates in business and public life. The letters touch on all his interests but are mainly concerned with ocean-going trade (mainly between American ports), marine insurance, whaling and sealing around the Cape of Good Hope, banking in New London County, minor business of the probate court, and Republican-Whig politics in Connecticut. The coverage is fragmentary.


  • 1810-1855


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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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, 1956.


0.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Letters from family, friends, and business associates of Asa Fish chiefly relating to ocean going trade, whaling, and sealing around the Cape of Good Hope and marine insurance. Also some material on politics in Connecticut.

Biographical / Historical

Asa Fish was born in Stonington, Connecticut, on July 17, 1790. He was the son of Sands Fish and Bridget Gallup. He was a merchant, insurance agent, bank and railroad director, selectman, probate judge, state legislator, and political and civic leader of Stonington. He was married to Prudence Brown Dean on September 30, 1818. Fish died in Mystic, Connecticut, on April 20, 1861.

Guide to the Asa Fish Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Susan Grigg
September 1982
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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