Guide to the Papers of The Hunt Family, 1754 - 1941Manuscript MS-1173

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Title:

Guide to the Papers of The Hunt Family, 1754 - 1941

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1173

Collection Dates:

1754 - 1941

Size of Collection:

2 boxes (1.75 linear ft.)

Abstract:

Papers of the Hunt family contain journals, clippings, and correspondence documenting the American anti-slavery movement, the Connecticut River Railroad Company, an 18th century medical practice, and a printing business located on the summit of Mt. Washington.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The Hunt Family papers consists of correspondence, diaries, newspaper clippings, physicians' records, a recipe book, and other items relating to the occupations of Hunt family members. The collection documents Seth Hunt's extensive involvement in abolitionist and other progressive causes as well as his work with the Connecticut River Railroad; Ebenezer Hunt's Northampton medical practice; and Frank Burt's activities as an author and stenographer.

Introduction

Ebenezer Hunt was born in Northampton, Massachusetts in 1744 and died in 1820. He and his son David (1773 - 1837) were both physicians.

Seth Hunt, son of David Hunt and grandson of Ebenezer Hunt, was born in Northampton, Massachusetts, on July 28, 1814. He married Juliet Briggs of Keene, New Hampshire on October 2, 1838. Seth Hunt was an outspoken abolitionist and his house at 115 Bridge Street in Northampton served as a way station on the Underground Railroad. He was an active member of the Free Congregational Society of Florence, a radical religious group in the vicinity of Northampton. He wrote extensively for local newspapers on a variety of progressive subjects including abolition, temperance, vegetarianism, and vaccination. Among his notable correspondents were Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Ward Beecher, Horace Greeley, and William Lloyd Garrison. A key developer of the Connecticut River Railroad, Seth Hunt served as the corporation's treasurer. He died on July 3, 1893.

Frank Hunt Burt, grandson of Seth Hunt, was born in Northampton, Massachusetts on November 9, 1861. He was the official stenographer for the Superior Courts of Plymouth County and Norfolk County, Massachusetts. His father, Henry M. Burt, founded "Among the Clouds," a daily newspaper printed at the summit of Mount Washington, in 1877. Frank Burt published several guides to the White Mountains, including "Mount Washington: A Handbook for Travelers" in 1904.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Seth Hunt, 1838-1886

Contains personal papers and correspondence of Seth Hunt dating from 1838 to 1886. Includes a day-book, a personal diary, a "Railroad Diary," newspaper clippings from articles authored by Seth Hunt, biographical sketches of Ebenezer Hunt and David Hunt authored by Seth Hunt, the Last Will and Testament of Oliver Smith, and extensive correspondence with notable abolitionists, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Ward Beecher, Horace Greeley, and William Lloyd Garrison.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box: 1, Dates: 1754-1941

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Correspondence, 1839-1864
  • Folder: 2, Correspondence, 1867-1886
  • Folder: 3, Legal documents, 1845-1872
  • Folder: 4, Miscellaneous items from personal organizer, including manuscript notes and programs, circa 1838-1886
  • Folder: 5, Newspaper clippings, primarily of articles authored by Seth Hunt, undated
  • Folder: 6, Personal diary with typed transcription of diary from 1845. At back, report on the "Phrenological Character of Seth Hunt, as given by Prof. O. J. Fowler… Oct. 15, 1861." Also, "Extracts from a journal kept by my father, Doct. David Hunt." Plan of house at 115 Bridge Street, Northampton, with a diagram of fruit trees on the property., 1838-1861
  • Folder: 7, Railroad Diary, containing handwritten entries, notices, and clippings regarding the Connecticut River Railroad Company, 1845-1893
  • Folder: 8, Pocket calendar, 1859-1892
  • Folder: 9, Biographical sketches of Ebenezer Hunt and David Hunt, written by Seth Hunt., undated
  • Folder: 10, Last Will and Testament of Oliver Smith, Esquire. In pencil on cover: "Seth Hunt, July 1865." Contains a provision for a fund, the American Colonization Society, to provide for the transportation of persons of color to the colony of Liberia., 1859

Series 2, Frank Hunt Burt, 1865-1940

Contains personal papers of Frank Hunt Burt dating primarily from the period 1880-1940, with a few items relating to his father Henry Burt. Includes an autograph collection, a collection of postcards, and correspondence relating to Frank Hunt Burt's activities as a court stenographer and as author and publisher of 'Among the Clouds,' a newspaper printed at the summit of Mount Washington.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box: 1, Dates: 1754-1941

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • Folder: 11, Correspondence, 1865-1902
  • Folder: 12, Correspondence and autographs, 1864-1901
  • Folder: 13, Postcards, stamp collecting catalog, receipt book, 1894-1941

Series 3, Miscellaneous Family Papers, 1754-1879

Contains journals of Ebenezer Hunt, a register of deaths in Northampton, MA, a recipe book, a Latin textbook belonging to John Hunt, a personal organizer, and miscellaneous other documents including an abolitionist broadside and genealogical notes.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box: 1, Dates: 1754-1941

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • Folder: 14, Journal of Ebenezer Hunt, primarily case notes written while a medical student, 1765-1766
  • Folder: 15, 1754 edition of John Clarke's Cornelii Nepotis Vitae inscribed "Johannis Hunt", 1754
  • Folder: 16, Miscellaneous documents including a broadside, genealogical notes, etc., 1859 and undated
  • Folder: 17, Diary of Ebenezer hunt 1732-1741, transcribed by Edward Warner in June of 1879, 1879
  • Folder: 18, Personal Organizer, undated

Box: 2, Dates: circa 1860s

Oversize materials

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Register of Deaths in the town of Northampton kept by Ebenezer Hunt and continued by David Hunt, documenting the years 1687-1817, to which is laid in an account of the years 1735-1737, 1687-1817
  • Folder: 2, Recipe book, circa 1860s

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