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Guide to the William C. Holgate papers, 1798-1911 and undated, bulk 1799-1887

Abstract

Railroad investor and land speculator of Defiance, Ohio.

Family, business, and legal papers (chiefly 1799-1887) of William C. Holgate, of his father, Curtis Holgate, and of William's daughter, Fannie Holgate Harley. Papers before 1852 relate mostly to legal and business affairs of Holgate and his father, including investments in Ohio land and New York railroads; papers of his daughter begin in 1872 and are concerned with family affairs, but also include references to birth control, abortions, a smallpox epidemic, and the education of women. Includes letters from students at Hamilton College and the University of Vermont in the 1830s; papers relating to land speculation; and material pertaining to the economic development of Defiance, Ohio, and internal improvements and education in Ohio for the period from 1830-1840.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Holgate, William C. (William Curtis), 1814-1888.
Title
William C. Holgate papers 1798-1911 and undated bulk 1799-1887
Language of Material
English
Extent
3.0 Linear Feet, Approx. 1,605 Items
Location
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Collection Overview

Family, business, and legal papers, dating chiefly from 1799-1887, of William C. Holgate, of his father, Curtis Holgate, and of William's daughter, Fannie Holgate Harley. Papers before 1852 relate mostly to legal and business affairs of Holgate and his father, including investments in Ohio land and New York railroads; papers of his daughter begin in 1872 and are concerned with family affairs, but also include references to birth control, abortions, a smallpox epidemic, and the education of women. Includes letters from students at Hamilton College and the University of Vermont in the 1830s; papers relating to land speculation; and material pertaining to the economic development of Defiance, Ohio, and internal improvements and education in Ohio for the period from 1830-1840.

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Contents of the Collection

Letters, 1798-1846
Box 1
Letters, 1847-1882
Box 2
Letters, 1883-1911 and undated
Box 3
Financial papers, 1819-1857 and undated
Box 4
Miscellany and printed material
Box 5
Legal papers, 1732-1873
(6 folders)
Box 6
Miscellaneous
Box 6

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William C. Holgate Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The William C. Holgate papers were acquired by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1957.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library staff.

Encoded by Willeke Sandler, April 2012.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.