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   Williamson Family Papers, 1776-1961

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Williamson Family Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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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 ft. (8 boxes, 1 flat folder, & 3 Flat Boxes).
Language(s):In English
Access: This collection is located on-site. This collection has no restrictions.  More information »



This collection is arranged into 5 series:

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Scope and Content

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.

Series I: Cataloged Correspondence

Series II: Uncataloged Correspondence

Series III: Manuscripts and Documents

Series IV: Photographs

Series V: Printed Material

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Using the Collection


Access Restrictions

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; 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.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers processed 4/2001 HR

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion November 13, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2010-04-05 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

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

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History / Biographical Note


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

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