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Otis family papers, 1687-1868

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0957
Bib ID 4079184 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Otis Family
Title Otis family papers, 1687-1868
Physical Description 4 boxes (4 boxes)
Language(s) English .
Additional Description http://www.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/inside/projects/findingaids/scans/pdfs/34_NE-O_38.pdf
Access

This collection is located on-site.

Reader must use microfilm of entire collection. See MN# 86-2143.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Cataloged and listed.

Description

Summary

The collection is equally divided between letters written by members of the Otis family and letters and documents relating to them. The earlist item is a 17th century marriage settlement and there are a few letters written in the 19th century. The bulk of the collection, however is from the second half of the 18th century. The largest number of letters were written by Joseph Otis (1726-1810), his brother Samuel Allyne Otis (1740-1814), and their father, James Otis (1702-1778). There are a few letters from and relating to Joseph's more famous brother, James Otis of Boston (1725-1783) who was one of the more colorful and incendiary figures in pre-revolutionary New England. Also, letters and documents of George Washington, John Bradford, Josiah Quincy, and Edward Wigglesworth. The letters deal largely with legal and business matters, but there is some comment on events of contemporary interest.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

Reader must use microfilm of entire collection. See MN# 86-2143.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Otis family papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Archival Materials

Collections related by provenance: Columbia University also has the Sydney Howard Gay Papers in Ms Coll\Gay and Gay-Otis Family Papers in Ms Coll\Gay-Otis.

Alternate Form Available

Microfilm available.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 08/--/89.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Autographs (manuscripts) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

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"ArchivedGRID"
Bradford, John, 1747-1830 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Families -- Massachusetts -- Barnstable Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Families -- Massachusetts -- Boston Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Families -- Massachusetts -- Hingham Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gay family Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gay, Sydney Howard, 1814-1888 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Marriage -- Massachusetts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Otis, James, 1702-1778 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Otis, James, 1725-1783 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Otis, Joseph, -1810 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Otis, Samuel Allyne, 1740-1814 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Quincy, Josiah, 1744-1775 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States -- Politics and government -- 1775-1783 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Washington, George, 1732-1799 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wigglesworth, Edward, 1732-1794 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Family of Hingham, Barnstable, and Boston, Mass.