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Jesse Gilbert collection

Call Number: MS 1739
Scope and Contents

The collection primarily consists of professional correspondence, deeds, land surveys, financial ledgers, a patent letter, receipts, promissory notes, proxy agreements, quit claims, and other materials that document the legal activities of Jesse Gilbert (1797) and other individuals who were possibly employed by the same New Haven law firm. A significant portion of the collection, primarily the professional correspondence between Jesse Gilbert and E. W. Sturdevant, is devoted to a controversy over coal mining lands in the Wyoming Valley near Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Some of the professional correspondence relates to Gilbert’s father, Jesse Gilbert (1762). The collection includes a few documents related to Timothy Dwight, Jeremiah Day, and Eli Whitney; a genealogy of the Thomas Smith family; and a voting record of the Hamden Council from the late eighteenth century. The collection also contains a small amount of personal and family correspondence discussing family news and events.

Language of Materials

The material is in English.

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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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 Jane Burton, 1999.


The material is arranged alphabetically by type of material.

Related Materials

Gilbert Family Papers. Hamden Historical Society.

3.25 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Related Names
Gilbert, Jesse, 1797-1851
Language of Materials