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William Smith Deming papers

Call Number: MS 1128

Scope and Contents

This small collection consists of seventy-four letters exchanged by William Smith Deming with his family and a few friends between 1833 and 1837, during his study at Yale College. There is also a notice signed by Wyllys Warner (1836 Oct 31) concerning Deming's unpaid college bills. The papers are arranged in a single chronological sequence.

The letters from Deming's father, William Deming of Newington, Connecticut, and others include advice on maintaining one's health through physical labor and proper diet, family news, and monetary problems. Deming's own letters describe his activities at Yale and go into detail about the expenses of student life. He experienced financial difficulties in maintaining himself at Yale, and received money from his family and the citizens of Newington before leaving college in 1836 to raise money by teaching school in Killingworth, Connecticut.

These papers were given to Yale University in 1955 by Benton L. Hatch. They were formerly part of the Yale Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection.


  • 1833-1837


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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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 Benton L. Hatch, 1955.


0.25 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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The papers consist of seventy-four letters exchanged between William S. Deming and his family and friends during Deming's years at Yale College (1833-1837). Since Deming was poor, many of his letters discuss the expenses of student life. His father's letters from Newington, Connecticut include advise on maintaining his health, family news, and discussions of monetary problems. Included also is a bill from Yale College (1836).

Biographical / Historical

William Smith Deming was born in Newington, Connecticut, on November 27, 1815. He became interested in religion in 1831 and commenced study at Westfield Academy, preparing for work in the gospel ministry. He graduated from Yale College in 1837 and spent the following year at Prospect Hill, Virginia, as a teacher. In August, 1839, he returned to Connecticut in poor health and died on September 14, 1839.
Guide to the William S. Deming 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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