Bartlett Family papers, 1790-1930 Rauner Manuscript MS-1219

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Title:

Bartlett Family papers

Call Number:

Rauner Manuscript MS-1219

Collection Dates:

1790-1930

Size of Collection:

8 linear ft., 16 boxes

Abstract:

The Bartlett Family, the descendants of New Hampshire’s first governor, Josiah Bartlett, comprised a long line of scholars, missionaries, and politicians. The papers comprise primarily correspondence between members of the Bartlett family, particularly the Rev. Samuel Colcord Bartlett, who was President of Dartmouth from 1877-1892. Also included is official correspondence relating to Bartlett’s presidency as well as correspondence with friends and some informal notes, essays, and receipts. Because of the repetition of names (Samuel, Levi, etc.), some members of the family are identified by their birth year.

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.

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Conditions Governing Access

Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The Bartlett Family papers contain correspondence to and from family members as well as some family friends. The papers constitute a rich social history of the Bartletts in Hanover (NH), Salisbury (NH), Peacham (VT), Chicago (IL), Peoria (IL), and even Kyoto and Tottori, Japan in the nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries. In addition to correspondence describing family events and activities, there are household invoices providing information on family purchases.

Some of Samuel Colcord Bartlett's Dartmouth presidential correspondence as well as his American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions correspondence, is interfiled with his family correspondence. His travel letters (1873-74), sent to his wife, Mary, and his children, offer descriptions of Ireland, England, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Egypt, and Palestine. His cashbooks and some appointment books include lists of expenditures. In addition to family members, correspondents include Julia Catherine Stimson, Julia Learned, James Learned, Susan H. Gilbert Dickinson (Emily Dickinson's sister-in-law) and Massachusetts congressman, Orin Fowler. In addition to family members, correspondents include Julia Catherine Stimson, Julia Learned, James Learned, Susan H. Gilbert Dickinson (Emily Dickinson's sister-in-law) and Massachusetts congressman, Orin Fowler.

Biography

The Bartlett family, the descendants of New Hampshire’s first governor, Josiah Bartlett, comprised a long line of scholars, missionaries, and politicians. Twelve members of the family graduated from Dartmouth College, and the Rev. Samuel Colcord Bartlett served as President of the College from 1877-1892. Bartlett’s presidency was characterized by expansion of the College, with the construction of severeal new buildngs as well as increased scholarships and sunstantial growth of the endowment. However, Bartlett also ran afoul of both students and faculty during his tenure, and in the 1880s he was forced to fend off an attempt to remove him from office. Much of the family’s correspondence came into Dartmouth’s possession following President Bartlett’s death, and some additional papers were later donated by family members.

Related Materials

Additional Bartlett family papers in Special Collections includes the Fanny and Samuel C. Bartlett, Jr. papers, ML-75, and Agnes Vernon Bartlett papers, ML-43.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series: 1, Correspondence, 1790-1930

Formerly DP-8.1

Correspondence and invoices; lectures, engagement calendars.

Box: 1, Correspondence, 1785-1867

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Correspondence

formerly 6641

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Letter from Joseph Bartlett (1751) to Levi Bartlett (1763), undated
  • Folder: 2, Letters from Levi Bartlett (1763) to others, 1785-1802
  • Folder: 3, Letters from others to Levi Bartlett (1763), 1792-1801
  • Folder: 4, Letters to Levi Bartlett (1763) from Josiah Bartlett (1768), 1789-1806
  • Folder: 5, Letters from Samuel Bartlett (1780) to Joseph Bartlett (1816), 1847-1867
  • Folder: 6, Letters from Samuel Bartlett (1780) to his granddaughter Ellen Bartlett., 1861-1864
  • Folder: 7, Letters from Samuel Bartlett (1780) to his daughter Mary Bartlett (1821), 1852-1865
  • Folder: 8, Letters from Samuel Bartlett( 1780) to his son Samuel Bartlett (1817) , 1854-1860
  • Folder: 9, Letters from Samuel Bartlett (1780) to his son Samuel Bartlett (1817) , 1846-1853
  • Folder: 10, Letters from Samuel Bartlett (1780) to his son Samuel Bartlett (1816) , 1861-1863
  • Folder: 11, Letters from Samuel Bartlett (1780) to his son Samuel Bartlett (1817), 1864-1867

Box: 2, Correspondence, 1814-1893

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Correspondence

formerly 6642

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Letters from Ichabod Bartlett (1786) to James Bartlett (1792), 1816-1835
  • Folder: 2, Letters to James Bartlett (1792) from others, 1814-1819
  • Folder: 3, Letters from Daniel Bartlett (1795) to James Bartlett (1792), 1816-1817
  • Folder: 4, Letters from Daniel Bartlett (1795) to Samuel Bartlett (1817), 1850-1853
  • Folder: 5, Letters from Amos P. Bartlett (1812) and family to Samuel Bartlett (1780), 1846-1852
  • Folder: 6, Letters from Amos P. Bartlett (1812) to Joseph Bartlett (1816), 1847-1863
  • Folder: 7, Letters from Amos P. Bartlett (1812) and his wife Sarah (1815) to Samuel Bartlett (1817), 1861-1893
  • Folder: 8, Letters from Amos P. Bartlett (1812) and his wife Sarah (1815) to Samuel (1817) , 1839-1860
  • Folder: 9, Letters from Joseph Bartlett (1816) to Samuel (1780), Eleanor (1786), Levi (1828) and Amos P. Bartlett (1812), 1848-1867
  • Folder: 10, Letter from Joseph Bartlett (1816) to Laura B. Bartlett (1848), undated
  • Folder: 11, Letters from Joseph Bartlett (1816) and his wife Margaret to Samuel Bartlett (1817) and his wife Mary , 1843-1867
  • Folder: 12, Letters from Joseph Bartlett (1816) and his wife Margaret to Samuel Bartlett (1817) and his wife Mary , 1843-1867
  • Folder: 13, Letters from Levi Bartlett (1784) to James Bartlett (1792, 1853-1859

Box: 3, Correspondence, 1835-1894

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Correspondence

formerly 6643

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Letters from Joseph Bartlett (1816) and his wife Margaret to Samuel Bartlett (1817) and his wife Mary , 1868-1894
  • Folder: 2, Letters from Joseph Bartlett (1816) and his wife Margaret to Samuel Bartlett (1817) and his wife Mary , 1868-1894
  • Folder: 3, Letters to Joseph Bartlett (1816) from various others, 1853-1882
  • Folder: 4, Letter from Charlotte B. Gale to Samuel Bartlett (1780) and Eleanor P. Bartlett, 1858
  • Folder: 5, Letters from Charlotte and Jacob Gale to Samuel Bartlett (1817), 1836-1894
  • Folder: 6, Samuel Bartlett (1817) undated official/presidential correspondence, undated
  • Folder: 7, Samuel Bartlett (1817) undated personal correspondence, undated
  • Folder: 8, Miscellaneous undated papers and notes of Samuel Bartlett (1817), undated
  • Folder: 9, Letters to Samuel Bartlett (1817) from his wife Mary, undated
  • Folder: 10, Undated correspondence between Samuel Bartlett (1817) and Joseph Bartlett (1816), undated
  • Folder: 11, Samuel Bartlett (1817) official/presidential correspondence , 1835, 1841-1842
  • Folder: 12, Samuel Bartlett (1817) personal correspondence , 1835, 1841-1842
  • Folder: 13, Samuel Bartlett (1817) official/presidential correspondence , 1843-1845
  • Folder: 14, Samuel Bartlett (1817) personal correspondence , 1843-1845
  • Folder: 15, Samuel Bartlett (1817) official/presidential correspondence, 1846-1847
  • Folder: 16, Samuel Bartlett (1817) personal correspondence , 1846-1847

Box: 4, Correspondence, 1848-1865

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Correspondence

formerly 6644

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) official/presidential correspondence , 1848-1849
  • Folder: 2, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) personal correspondence , 1848-1849
  • Folder: 3, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) official/presidential correspondence , 1850-1851
  • Folder: 4, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) personal correspondence , 1850-1851
  • Folder: 5, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) official/presidential correspondence , 1852
  • Folder: 6, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) personal correspondence , 1852
  • Folder: 7, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) official/presidential correspondence , 1853-1854
  • Folder: 8, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) personal correspondence , 1853-1854
  • Folder: 9, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) official/presidential correspondence , 1855-1856
  • Folder: 10, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) official/presidential correspondence, 1857
  • Folder: 11, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) personal correspondence , 1857
  • Folder: 12, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) official/presidential correspondence , 1858
  • Folder: 13, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) personal correspondence , 1858
  • Folder: 14, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) official/presidential correspondence , 1859
  • Folder: 15, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) personal correspondence , 1859
  • Folder: 16, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) personal correspondence, 1855-1856

Box: 5, Correspondence, 1860-1865

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) official/presidential correspondence , 1860
  • Folder: 2, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) personal correspondence , 1860
  • Folder: 3, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) official/presidential correspondence , 1861
  • Folder: 4, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) personal correspondence , 1861
  • Folder: 5, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) official/presidential correspondence, 1862
  • Folder: 6, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) personal correspondence , 1862
  • Folder: 7, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) official/presidential correspondence, 1863
  • Folder: 8, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) personal correspondence , 1863
  • Folder: 9, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) official/presidential correspondence , 1864
  • Folder: 10, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) personal correspondence , 1864
  • Folder: 11, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) official/presidential correspondence , 1865
  • Folder: 12, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) personal correspondence , 1865

Box: 6, Correspondence, 1866-1874

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Correspondence

formerly 6645

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) official/presidential correspondence , 1866-1867
  • Folder: 2, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) personal correspondence , 1866-1867
  • Folder: 3, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) official/presidential correspondence , 1868
  • Folder: 4, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) personal correspondence , 1868
  • Folder: 5, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) official/presidential correspondence , 1869
  • Folder: 6, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) personal correspondence , 1869
  • Folder: 7, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) official/presidential correspondence , 1870
  • Folder: 8, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) personal correspondence , 1870
  • Folder: 9, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) official/presidential correspondence , 1871-1872
  • Folder: 10, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) personal correspondence , 1871-1872
  • Folder: 11, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) travel letters , 1873-1874

Box: 7, Correspondence, 1875-1889

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Correspondence

formerly 6646

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Samuel Colcord bartlett (1817) official/presidential correspondence , 1875-1876
  • Folder: 2, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) personal correspondence , 1875-1876
  • Folder: 3, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) official/presidential correspondence , 1877
  • Folder: 4, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) personal correspondence , 1877
  • Folder: 5, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) official/presidential correspondence , 1878-1879
  • Folder: 6, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) personal correspondence , 1878-1879
  • Folder: 7, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) official/presidential correspondence , 1880-1881
  • Folder: 8, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) personal correspondence , 1880-1881
  • Folder: 9, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) official/presidential correspondence , 1882-1883
  • Folder: 10, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) personal correspondence , 1882-1883
  • Folder: 11, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) official/presidential correspondence , 1884-1885
  • Folder: 12, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) personal correspondence , 1884-1885
  • Folder: 13, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) official/presidential correspondence , 1886-1887
  • Folder: 14, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) personal correspondence , 1886-1887
  • Folder: 15, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) official/presidential correspondence , 1888-1889

Box: 8, Correspondence, 1840-1898

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Correspondence

formerly 6647

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) official/presidential correspondence , 1890-1891
  • Folder: 2, Samuel Colcord Bartlet (1817) personal correspondence , 1890-1891
  • Folder: 3, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) official/presidential correspondence , 1892
  • Folder: 4, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) personal correspondence , 1892
  • Folder: 5, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) correspondence , 1893
  • Folder: 6, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) correspondence , 1894-1895
  • Folder: 7, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) correspondence , 1896-1897
  • Folder: 8, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) correspondence , 1898
  • Folder: 9, Letter from Samuel Bartlett (1817) to Levi Bartlett (1823), 1873-08-09
  • Folder: 10, Letters from Samuel Bartlett (1817) to Mary Bartlett (1821), 1849-1891
  • Folder: 11, Letters from Samuel Bartlett (1817) to Joseph Bartlett (1816), 1858-1868
  • Folder: 12, Letters from Samuel Bartlett (1817) to Edwin J. Bartlett (1851)/Samuel Bartlett (1865)/”son”, 1863-1890
  • Folder: 13, Letters from Lucy Pettengill to Samuel Bartlett (1817), 1861
  • Folder: 14, Letters from Moses Pettengill to Samuel Bartlett (1817), 1840-1869
  • Folder: 15, Letters from James W. to Samuel Bartlett (1817), 1865-1893
  • Folder: 16, Letters from Ephriam Paul/Lillie/Juliette to Samuel Bartlett (1817), 1860-1874
  • Folder: 17, Letters from Jane E. Shedd to Samuel Bartlett (1817), undated

Box: 9, Correspondence, 1858-1882

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Correspondence

formerly 6648

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) appointment books , 1858-1859
  • Folder: 2, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) appointment books , 1860-61, 1863
  • Folder: 3, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) appointment books , 1864-1866
  • Folder: 4, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) appointment books , 1867-1868
  • Folder: 5, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) appointment books , 1870-1873
  • Folder: 6, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) appointment books, 1874-1876
  • Folder: 7, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) appointment books , 1877-1879
  • Folder: 8, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) appointment books , 1880-1882

Box: 10, Correspondence, 1838-1897

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Correspondence

formerly 6649

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) appointment books , 1883-1885
  • Folder: 2, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) appointment books , 1886-1888
  • Folder: 3, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) appointment books , 1889-1891
  • Folder: 4, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) appointment books , 1892-1894
  • Folder: 5, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) appointment books , 1895-1897
  • Folder: 6, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) cash books , 1847, 1848, 1853, 1857, 1866, 1869,1871
  • Folder: 7, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) deeds and insurance policies, 1838-1858
  • Folder: 8, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) loose items from appointment books, 1853-1890
  • Folder: 9, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) diary , 1854-1892

Box: 11, Correspondence, 1822-1898

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Correspondence

formerly 6650

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) invitations, 1841-1892, undated
  • Folder: 2, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) lecture and travel notes, undated
  • Folder: 3, Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) passport, 1873
  • Folder: 4, Letters from Elizabeth Bradlee to Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817), 1844-1857
  • Folder: 5, Letters from Laura Chamberlain to Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817), 1896-1898, undated
  • Folder: 6, Letters from M. Chamberlain to Laura Bradlee and Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817), 1838-1841
  • Folder: 7, Letters to Laura Bradlee from various others, 1822-1843, undated
  • Folder: 8, Letters from Mary Learned/Bartlett to Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817), 1871-1878, undated
  • Folder: 9, Letter from Mary Learned/Bartlett to her mother, 1852-11-22
  • Folder: 10, Letters from Orin and Amaryllis Fowler to Mary Learned/Bartlett and others, 1846-1890, undated

Box: 12, Correspondence, 1830-1896

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Correspondence

formerly 6651

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Letters from Mary Learned/Bartlett to Joseph Bartlett (1816) and Margaret, 1849-1852, undated
  • Folder: 2, Letters from Mary Learned/Bartlett to Samuel Bartlett (1865) and William Bartlett (1858), 1882-1890, undated
  • Folder: 3, Letter from James Learned to Mary Learned/Bartlett, 1855-08-22
  • Folder: 4, Letters to Mary Learned/Bartlett fom various others, 1848-1891
  • Folder: 5, Mary Learned/Bartlett poetry and quotations, 1869, undated
  • Folder: 6, Letters from Louisa Bradlee to Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) and Mary Learned/Bartlett, 1844-1871
  • Folder: 7, Letters from Susan Gilbert Dickinson to Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817) and Mary Bartlett, 1851-1856
  • Folder: 8, Letters from Sophia and George Hill to Samuel and Mary Bartlett, 1830-1869, undated
  • Folder: 9, Letters from S. Julius Learned and Lizzie Learned to Samuel and Mary Bartlett, 1830-1893
  • Folder: 10, Letters from Mary Morse and W.H. Rice to Samuel (1817) and Mary Bartlett, 1851-1893, undated
  • Folder: 11, Letters from Mabel Rice to Samuel (1817) and Mary Bartlett, undated
  • Folder: 12, Letters from Sarah B. Stevens to Samuel (1817) and Mary Bartlett and others, 1861-1894
  • Folder: 13, Letters from E.B. Wheaton to Samuel (1817) and Mary Bartlett, 1846, 1877, 1893
  • Folder: 14, Letters from Levi Bartlett (1823) to Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817), 1846-1896
  • Folder: 15, Letters from Levi Bartlett (1823) to Joseph Bartlett (1816), 1853-1868
  • Folder: 16, Letters from Levi Bartlett (1823) to Margaret Motley/Bartlett, 1849, 1861
  • Folder: 17, Letters from Levi (1823) and Harriet Bartlett to Mary Bartlett, 1846-1862

Box: 13, Correspondence, 1837-1898

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Correspondence

formerly 6652

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Letters from William Bartlett (1827) to Samuel (1817) and Mary Bartlett, 1837-1894
  • Folder: 2, Letters from William (1827) and Caroline Bartlett to Joseph (1816) and Margaret Bartlett, 1857
  • Folder: 3, Letters from Edwin J. Bartlett (1851) to Samuel (1817) and Mary Bartlett, 1861-1873
  • Folder: 4, Letters from Edwin J. Bartlett (1851) to various others, 1856-1894, undated
  • Folder: 5, Letters to Edwin J. Bartlett (1851) from various others, 1898-1900
  • Folder: 6, Letters from Mary Rice to Edwin J. (1851) and Caroline Bartlett, 1898, undated
  • Folder: 7, Edwin J. Bartlett (1851) geneology notes, undated
  • Folder: 8, Edwin J. Bartlett (1851) notes on alchemy, undated
  • Folder: 9, Alice Bartlett and Henry Stimson misc. correspondence, 1862-1898, undated
  • Folder: 10, Letter from Julia Stimson to Samuel Bartlett (1817), 1893
  • Folder: 11, Letters from William Bartlett (1858) to Samuel (1817) and Mary Bartlett, 1867-1896

Box: 14, Correspondence, 1881-1892

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Correspondence

formerly 6653

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Letters from Samuel Bartlett (1865) to Samuel (1817) and Mary Bartlett , 1881-1892
  • Folder: 2, Letters from Samuel Bartlett (1865) to Samuel (1817) and Mary Bartlett , 1881-1892
  • Folder: 3, Letters from Samuel Bartlett (1865) to Samuel (1817) and Mary Bartlett , 1881-1892

Box: 15, Correspondence, 1892-1896

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Correspondence

formerly 6654

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Letters from Samuel Bartlett (1865) to Samuel (1817) and Mary Bartlett , 1892-1896
  • Folder: 2, Letters from Samuel Bartlett (1865) to Samuel (1817) and Mary Bartlett , 1892-1894
  • Folder: 3, Letters from Samuel Bartlett (1865) to Samuel (1817) and Mary Bartlett , 1892-1894
  • Folder: 4, Letters from Samuel Bartlett (1865) to Samuel (1817) and Mary Bartlett , 1892-1896

Box: 16, Correspondence, 1838-1898

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Correspondence

formerly 6655

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Letters from Samuel (1865) to Samuel (1817) and others, 1897
  • Folder: 2, Letters from Fanny Gordon/Bartlett to Samuel Bartlett (1817), 1893-1898, undated
  • Folder: 3, Letters to Samuel Bartlett (1865) from various others, 1871-1878, undated
  • Folder: 4, Letters to Samuel Bartlett (1865) from various others, concerning geneology, 1838-1897
  • Folder: 5, Ralph Sylvester receipts and notes, 1886-1890
  • Folder: 6, Moses Willard essays and lectures, 1879, undated
  • Folder: 7, Moses Willard essays and lectures, undated
  • Folder: 8, Letter to Frances Bartlett from “Anna.”, 1831
  • Folder: 10, Samuel Colcord Bartlett misc. papers, 1887, undated

Finding Aids