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Clark, Hall, and Peck and White Brothers records

Call Number: MS 1820

Scope and Contents

The Clark, Hall, and Peck and White Brothers records consist of abstracts of title, index card locator files, atlases, maps, probate extracts, project files, and grantor-grantee files. The collection primarily deals with properties located in the cities and towns of New Haven County, Connecticut including New Haven, Ansonia, Bethany, Branford, Cheshire, Clinton, Derby, Durham, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Killingworth, Madison, Meriden, Milford, Naugatuck, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Oxford, Prospect, Seymour, Wallingford, West Haven, and Woodbridge. Properties located in a number of other Connecticut cities and towns are also indexed by these materials. Abstracts of title are the most numerous types of documentation found in the records. The type and amount of materials relating to each property vary significantly.

A title search is usually performed by an attorney in conjunction with the sale or mortgage of property. The searcher reviews the records contained in various offices of town clerks in order to reveal any encumbrances upon the property. The types of records maintained by town clerks would include deeds, mortgages, liens, rights of way, easements, restrictions, taxes, or other matters that might affect the use of the property. By examining the public records, the attorney could provide his client, usually the purchaser, with a "snapshot" of the legal status of the property, what interest did the seller have authority to convey, what encumbrances would there be if the property was purchased, and whether the buyer could use the property for the purpose he intended. In addition to recorded instruments such as deeds and mortgages, searchers also rely on probate records, vital statistics, and court records, since they disclose other obligations affecting the property. Generally, each instrument involved in a title search shows the owner [grantor or seller], the buyer [grantee], the date, the volume and page where it is recorded in the town clerk's office, the legal description of the property, and the particular terms of the instrument.


  • 1860s-1982


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by Clark, Hall, and Peck and White Brothers has been transferred to Yale University. These materials may be used for non-commercial purposes without seeking permission from Yale University as the copyright holder. For other uses of these materials, please contact

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 and purchase from James A. Nugent, 2003.


Arranged in three series: I. White Brothers, 1880s-1982. II. Clark, Hall and Peck, 1890s-1982. III. Indices, Atlases, and Maps, 1860s-1950s.


1439.5 Linear Feet (2,396 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


The records consist of abstracts of title, atlases, maps, indices, index card locator files, probate extracts, and ownership files from the Clark, Hall, and Peck and White Brothers, and its predecessors, the most active New Haven law firms in real property law between the 1860s and 1982.

Biographical / Historical

White Brothers, and Clark, Hall and Peck were the two New Haven law firms most active in real property law between the 1860s and 1982. The firm of White Brothers dates from the 1820s, when Henry White was admitted to the New Haven County Bar. White married Martha Sherman, the granddaughter of Roger Sherman, in 1830. Four of his sons eventually joined him in the practice of law. Clark, Hall and Peck was founded in the 1890s by James Gardiner Clark, Henry A. L. Hall, and George Leete Peck. White Brothers and Clark, Hall and Peck merged to form a single law firm in 1974. The firm of Clark, Hall and Peck and White Brothers dissolved in 1982.

Separated Materials

Atlases and maps from Clark, Hall, and; Peck are also located in the Map Collection, Yale University Library.

Guide to the Clark, Hall, and Peck and White Brothers Records
Under Revision
Finding aid prepared by compiled by Philip S. MacLeod and Barbara A. Heck
February 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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