Papers, 1733-c. 1910.


Papers, 1733-c. 1910.

The first five boxes of the collection contain Terry's correspondence, arranged in alphabetical order by writer, c. 1880s-c. 1910. There are some drafts of responses by Terry and a series of notes he kept on a trip to Alaska. Most of the correspondence pertains either to bookplates or to the history of various New England libraries. Some of the letters pertain to Terry's book, to his four "Ex Libris Leaflets," and to his 1906 "open letter" attacking Albert C. Bates, the Librarian of the Connecticut Historical Society. Correspondents include: Charles Dexter Allen (1865-1926); William Elliott Baillie (1848-1931); Albert Carlos Bates (1865-1954); Charles E. Cameron ( - ); Charles Edward Clark (1850-1911); Patrick Kevin Foley (1856-1937); Susan Denison Gallaudet, Mrs. Edward Miner ( - ); Louis Pope Gratacap (1851-1917); William Fowler Hopson (1849-1935); Frederick James Libbie (1866-1927); and Nathaniel Paine (1832-1917). Many of the persons who corresponded with Terry also wrote to the engraver Edwin Davis French (1851-1906) and letters from them are included in the Society's Edwin Davis French Papers. Letters from persons with information on libraries are often filed under the name of the library or the town in which it was located, not the personal name of the writer. Folders 3, 4, and 5 in Box 5 contain miscellaneous correspondence and random notes on libraries and bookplates. Folder 6 contains a 1733 land deed of one of Terry's ancestors and twenty-two pencil drawings by Terry. Box 6 includes notes by Terry on early American engravers, arranged in alphabetical order by engraver's name; his notes on engravers Amos Doolittle (1754-1832) and Abner Reed (1771-1866); his bookplate exchange list and address book of collectors, dealers, and others; his notebook list of libraries in New Hampshire; and his notebook on Indian relics and other antiquarian matters. Box 7 includes Terry's notebook on early Connecticut libraries; a folder with three items of the Bedford, New Hampshire, Library, 1848; and a folder with the 1738/39 deed of covenant of the Philogrammatican Society (a library) in Lebanon, Connecticut. There are also orignial record books of the following Connecticut libraries: Union Harwinton Library, four volumes, 1798-1850s; Warren, one volume, 1791-c. 1809; Friendship Library in West Symsbury, one volume, c. 1793-c. 1805; North Killingworth, one volume, 1825-1850s; Plymouth First Parish Sunday School Library, one volume, 1860s?; Apprentices Literary Association and Young Mechanics Institute in New Haven, one volume, 1826-1830s; Hadlyme Library, one volume, 1789-1830s; and Woodbridge, one volume, 1787-1790s. The first two boxes on the octavo shelf contain Terry's cardfile of notes on early American libraries, arranged in alphabetical order, and the third box holds his cardfile of notes on early American bookplates.

7 boxes.3 v. ; octavo.


SNAC Resource ID: 7000688

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