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William Henry Trotter Papers

Identifier: William Henry Trotter Papers

Scope and Contents

This collection includes letters, photographs, a types radio address, newspaper clippings, and Trotter’s journals. The eight journals in this collection describe Trotter’s journeys in and around the Pennsylvania area, detailing the geographic, avian, and fauna life of the areas he visited. They span 1898 through 1929, with gaps. Most of Trotter’s collection resides in the Ornithology Department of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, where he was made a member in 1917.

This collection was purchased from Denning House Antiquarian Books and Manuscripts, Philadelphia PA, Jan. 2011.


  • Creation: 1898 - 1929


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

William Henry Trotter (1869-1929), son of William Henry Trotter (1822-1898) was from a prominent Quaker family in Philadelphia. His grandfather, Nathan Trotter, was not only an importer and merchant, but he also established the “oldest and longest running metal manufacturer in the United States.” The firm produced tin items. Trotter’s father, William, as well as his uncle Charles Wes Trotter (1827-1903) and his brother Edward Hough Trotter (1857-1925) also ran the family business.


0.33 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Guide to the William Henry Trotter papers
In Progress
Henry Arneth and Josef Riccio
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Watkinson Library - Archival Collections Repository

Trinity College Library
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Hartford Connecticut 06106