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Goodwin family papers

Identifier: Goodwin family papers

Scope and Contents

This collection primarily contains correspondence spanning 1814-1894 related to members of the Goodwin Family. One batch of correspondence come from Captain James Ripley Madison to Major Thomas A. Deblois, spanning 1814 to 1820, composed onboard the U.S. Frigates Congress, Guerriere, Prometheus, and the U.S. Schooner Lynx before being lost at sea in 1820.

The collection further contains letters from David P. Hancock to his father and brother, some written from Fort Washita, OK in the Chickasaw Nation, and Fort Arbuckle in the Choctaw Nation during the 1850s. The correspondence span the 1857 to 1869. Other files contain correspondence from other various receipients, as well as correspondence from J. H. Potter to David P. Hancock.


  • 1814 - 1894


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the John M.K. Davis Reading Room of the Watkinson Library, Trinity College Library, Hartford, Connecticut. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws when using this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with the duplication policy of the Watkinson Library.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information (e.g. social security numbers) in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Biographical / Historical

Collection was obtained by Goodwin Family members, namely Genevieve Hancock Harlow Goodwin and Arthur Brooke Harlow, descendants of Captain James Ripley Madison and David P. Hancock. Both men served in the Armed Forces with one serving in the Navy, as a Captain, and the other serving in the U.S. Military as a Major.


.50 Cubic Feet (2 flat manuscript boxes. )

Language of Materials



Box of correspondence arranged by sender and chronologically by date. Second box consists of photocopies.
Guide to the Goodwin Family Papers
In Progress
Michelle C. Sigiel, prepared with inventories by Susan Spitler and Michael J. Breen
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Watkinson Library Manuscripts Repository

Trinity College Library
300 Summit St.
Hartford Connecticut 06106