Guide to the Papers of Hiram Hitchcock, Circa 1856 - 1900Manuscript MS-242

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Guide to the Papers of Hiram Hitchcock, Circa 1856 - 1900

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-242

Collection Dates:

Circa 1856 - 1900

Size of Collection:

1 box (.25 linear feet)


Hiram Hitchcock (Circa1833-1900). Hotelier and Dartmouth College Trustee. The collection consists of documents including correspondence, financial documents, life insurance policies, legal papers, newspaper clippings, a Sudanese newspaper, and documents relating to the sale of Hitchcock's share in the Fifth Avenue Hotel.

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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.

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Publication & Use


Introduction to the Collection

Contains papers relating to the selling of Hitchcock's share in the Fifth Avenue Hotel, as well as newspaper clippings, a Sudanese newspaper, life insurance policies, bills, cheques, receipts, powers of attorney and correspondence.


Hiram Hitchcock (c. 1833-1900). With two partners, ran the Fifth Avenue Hotel in New York City before retiring in 1866 to pursue his interest in travel and archaeology. During this period, he lived in the Hitchcock Mansion on Tuck Drive, and served as a representative to the New Hampshire State Legislature, as well as president of both Dartmouth National and Dartmouth Savings Banks, a trustee of Dartmouth College, and a trustee of the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts (now University of New Hampshire). He also served as President of the Maritime Canal Company of Nicaragua. Upon the death of his wife Mary in 1887, he established the Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital as a tribute to her memory. Hitchcock died in 1900, only a few months after his remarriage to his cousin Emily.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: Circa 1856-1900

Access Restrictions


Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Correspondence, 1856-1878
  • Folder: 2, Correspondence, 1887-1890
  • Folder: 3, Correspondence, 1891-1905
  • Folder: 4, Correspondence, Undated
  • Folder: 5, Documents Relating to the Purchase of Interest in the 5th Avenue Hotel, 1866
  • Folder: 6, Misc. Legal Documents and Life Insurance Policies, 1866-1868
  • Folder: 7, Misc. Financial Documents, 1870, 1892, undated
  • Folder: 8, Misc. Documents, 1883-1935

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