Preliminary Guide to the William Swinton Bennett Hopkins Papers, 1834-1946 (bulk 1852-1898)

Collection Overview

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.

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Collection Details

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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[Identification of item], William Swinton Bennett Hopkins Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence: 1834-1856
Box 1
Correspondence: 1857-1862 March
Box 2
Correspondence: 1862 April-1867 June
Box 3
Correspondence: 1867 July-1871
Box 4
Correspondence: 1872-1877
Box 5
Correspondence: 1878-1880
Box 6
Correspondence: 1881-1946, undated
Box 7
Legal Papers: 1859, 1867, undated
Box 8
Financial Papers: 1858-1880
Box 8
Addresses and Writings: 1849-1882, undated
Box 8
Miscellany: 1853-1880, undated
Box 8
Box 8

Historical Note

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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The William Swinton Bennett Hopkins Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1983.

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