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Williamson Family papers, 1776-1961

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1355
Bib ID 7467767 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Williamson family
Title Williamson Family papers, 1776-1961
Physical Description 4 linear feet (8 boxes 1 flat folder 3 flat boxes)
Language(s) English .

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.



This collection is arranged into 5 series.



Correspondence, documents, manuscripts, photographs, and printed materials of the Williamson, Abeel, and Codwise families of New Brunswick NJ and Saint Croix in the West Indies.

The Abeel family materials include correspondence from Gen. Nathanael Greene (about the American Revolutionary Army), from David Abeel (concerning his missionary activities in China), and from others. There are documents concerning Abeel family real estate in New York City and other matters, family photographs, and related materials.

The Codwise family material includes correspondence concerning their affairs in early New York City and in Saint Croix, where they had inherited a sugar plantation (Mount Victory) from the Rogers family. These letters discuss business interests, slave revolts, and life in Saint Croix. There are also many family photographs.

There are correspondence and legal and business papers of Nicholas Williamson (1845-1902) and his family in New Brunswick NJ and his company, the Novelty Rubber Company, in New York City. There are many contracts and patent agreements with Charles and Henry B. Goodyear for rubber manufacturing and business correspondence and related papers from 1851 until 1887. Nicholas Williamson was Mayor of New Brunswick from 1895 until 1900 and there are papers relating to municipal affairs as well as his family's real estate holdings.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

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); Williamson Family papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.


No accruals are expected

Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

accn number: Source of acquisition--[source]. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--2001.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers processed HR 4/2001.

Revision Description

2010-04-05 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

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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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Abbott, Austin, 1831-1896 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Abeel, David, 1804-1846 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Abeel, James, 1733-1825 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Demarest, David D., 1819-1898 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Devan, T. T. (Thomas T.), 1809-1890 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Goodyear, Charles, 1800-1860 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Harriman, Edward Henry, 1848-1909 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
How, Samuel Blanchard, 1790-1868 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Howell, Benjamin F (Benjamin Franklin), 1844-1933 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kellogg, Stephen W (Stephen Wright), 1822-1904 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ludlow, H. G (Henry Gilbert), 1797-1867 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mayors -- New Jersey -- New Brunswick Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mount Victory (Saint Croix, United States Virgin Islands : Plantation) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Municipal government -- New Jersey -- New Brunswick Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New Jersey Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New Jersey -- Genealogy Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Novelty Rubber Co Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Real property -- New York (State) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rice, John Warren, -1931 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Saint Croix (United States Virgin Islands) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Schuyler, John, 1829-1895 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Storer, Agnes Williamson, 1870- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Throop, Enos Thompson, 1784-1874 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Van Rensselaer, James Fleming, 1844-1900 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Warner, Charles F (Charles Forbes), 1851- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Williamson, Douwe Ditmars Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Williamson, Nicholas, 1845-1902 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wirt, William, 1772-1834 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

The archive deals principally with three families related by marriage: Abeel, Williamson and Codwise. All of the families had strong connections to New York City through business and property holdings.