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Family and personal papers are manuscript collections created by families and individuals in the course of their everyday lives. These collections can contain a wide variety of materials, such as letters, diaries, photographs, scrapbooks, ephemera, financial records, and legal papers. Although most of these records do not contain genealogical information, they do provide details about the everyday lives of American families in various places and time periods. Sometimes family and personal papers also include material that is directly helpful for genealogical research, like family bible records, research notes, and family charts.
This collection contains selected family and personal papers from the R. Stanton Avery Special Collections, from the 17th to the 20th centuries. The collection includes:
- Letters to or from Benedict Arnold, Mather Byles, Charles Chauncy, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Mather, Jane (Franklin) Mecom, and John Winthrop
- Letters by Leander Thompson, a missionary in Jerusalem and Beirut in 1841
- Letters by American soldiers who served in World War I
- Relations (conversion testimonies) from the 17th century
Additional manuscripts will be added to this digital collection on a regular basis.