Preliminary Guide to the William Swinton Bennett Hopkins Papers, 1834-1946 (bulk 1852-1898)
Collection consists largely of correspondence between family members, friends, and business associates spanning three generations, as well as some Civil War and early Reconstruction letters relating to Hopkins' activities in New Orleans. Correspondents include Hopkins' daughter, Elizabeth; her husband Alfred Lawrence Aiken, a prominent banker in Boston; the Gadsden family of Charleston, S.C.; and the Peck family, relatives of Hopkins' wife, Lizzie. An information folder chronologically lists a portion of the collection. Also included in this collection are a few legal papers, financial papers, addresses and writings, pictures, and a miscellaneous folder that includes some genealogy. Subjects mentioned in the letters include travel in the U.S. and Europe, marriage and family life, illness, Williams College, Yale College, politics, law, “bloodletting with leeches,” Civil War activities, and The Worcester Continentals.
- Collection Number
- William Swinton Bennett Hopkins papers
- 1834-1946, bulk 1852-1898
- Hopkins, William Swinton Bennett
- 3.5 Linear Feet, 1657 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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How to Cite
[Identification of item], William Swinton Bennett Hopkins Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Colonel in the 31st Massachusetts Volunteers during the Civil War and a prominent Mass. attorney and politician. His father was Erastus Hopkins, a noted Mass. clergyman.
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- Aiken, Alfred Lawrence
- Gadson family
- Hopkins, William Swinton Bennett, b. 1836
- Hopkins family
- Peck family
- Europe -- Description and travel -- 19th century
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
- United States -- Description and travel
The William Swinton Bennett Hopkins Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1983.
Processed by Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library staff.
Encoded by Walt Evans
This collection is unprocessed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.