William Dummer Northend family papers, 1673-1965.


Northend, William Dummer, 1823-1902. William Dummer Northend family papers, 1673-1965.

William Dummer Northend family papers, 1673-1965.

The collection consists of the papers of William Dummer Northend family from 1673-1965. The papers include scrapbooks, correspondence, legal records, personal papers, photographs, printed material and ephemera. Correspondence includes letters to William Dummer Northend and his wife, Susan Stedman Harrod, from family members and business associates. Also included are letters to and from the Gammell family of Vermont and descendants of the Northend and Benjamin families. A portion of the collection consists of scrapbooks containing signed autograph letters, most addressed to Northend, and clipped autographs of well-known late nineteenth century political, literary, publishing, education, and military figures. These items were collected into two scrapbooks, one of which was maintained by his eldest daughter Louisa Huntington Benjamin. (b. 1848). The other scrapbook was apparently assembled by William Dummer Northend or a descendant. Legal records include property deeds, judgments, and wills relating primarily to the citizens of Essex County, Massachusetts, perhaps related to Northend's work as a lawyer and researcher of Essex County history. The personal papers include business papers, certificates, passes, and clippings related to several individuals and families represented in the collection, including the Benjamin, Bonett, Gammell, Holt, and Northend families. Of note are several items pertaining to the activities of war correspodent Anna Northend Benjamin.

1.5 linear ft. (3 boxes and 13 oversized papers (OP))

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