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Hartford Residents Collection

Identifier: Hartford Residents Collection

Scope and Contents

Collection primarily comprises of correspondence, along with several scrapbooks from the 19th century related to Italian art and history composed by Genevieve Harlow Goodwin, as well as a manuscript by Homer Worthington Brainard (1864-1947) related to Thomas Hooker’s life and writings dated ca. 1914. Correspondence span the 19th century, with the bulk of correspondence addressed from Henry Carrington Bolton to Charles Kasson Weed, Samuel Clemens to numerous correspondents, as well as Henrietta Gardiner to numerous correspondents including Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards. Other notable chunks of correspondence comprise of those addressed from Daniel Wadsworth to Benjamin Silliman spanning ca. 1807-1840, and correspondence from Frederic Penfield to multiple recipients during the early 1900s. One file on Thomas Gallaudet includes photographic material from approximately 1887 such as portraits of family, house, as well as textual prose and writing.


  • Creation: 1807 - 1957


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 to researchers, 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 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

A number of 19th century Hartford notables make-up this collection, including prominent writers, education reformers, and cultural-intellectual figures such as Henry Carrington Bolton (1843-1903), Homer Worthington Brainard (1864-1947), Charles Heber Clark (1841-1915), Samuel Langhorne Clemson (1835-1910), Thomas Gallaudet (1822-1902), Genevieve Harlow Goodwin, Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards (1850-1943), Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896), and Daniel Wadsworth (1771-1848). Recipients of correspondence include C. H. Clark, W. D. Howells, Henrietta Gardiner, Frederick Penfield, Benjamin Silliman, and Charles Kasson Wead.


1.66 Cubic Feet ( 5 flat document boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection contains two series: correspondence and author files consisting of manuscripts and photographs (Series I), and scrapbooks (Series II).

Guide to the Hartford Residents collection
In Progress
Michelle C. Sigiel
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Watkinson Library - Archival Collections Repository

Trinity College Library
300 Summit St.
Hartford Connecticut 06106