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Walter A. Main papers

Call Number: MS 1147

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of real estate and legal papers from Bridgeport, West Haven, Orange, Woodbridge, and Fairfield County, Connecticut. The earliest are deeds and other papers concerning land of Elijah Burritt (1743-1841) and his grandsons Oliver and William Sherman in Bridgeport and Fairfield County; these date between 1800 and 1860. The largest portion of the collection pertains to the Smith family of Orange, and includes deeds and other papers from the estates of Bradford Smith (d. ca. 1840), Esther Smith (d. ca. 1862), and Sidney Smith (d. ca. 1887). The final segment of the collection consists of correspondence and legal papers from the 1880s from Walter A. Main's real estate and loan business in West Haven; there is also a prospectus for the Olin H. Clark subdivision in Woodmont.

These papers were purchased from Whitlock's in 1945 as one group, which also included papers of the Alling family of West Haven, now transferred to the Alling Family Papers, Ms. Gr. No. 1091. It is possible that Walter A. Main obtained the Smith and Burritt-Sherman papers through his real estate business.


  • 1800-1891


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown, though much of the material in this collection is likely in the public domain. 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 Whitlock's in 1945.


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


The papers consist of real estate and legal papers from Bridgeport, West Haven, Orange, Woodbridge, and Fairfield, Connecticut. Deeds and papers from the Burritt-Sherman family, the Smith family, and Walter A. Main are included.

Biographical / Historical

Walter A. Main owned a real estate and loan business in West Haven, Connecticut during the latter half of the nineteenth century.

Guide to the Walter A. Main Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
August 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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