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Clapp family papers: John Clapp, class of 1818; Cyrus Clapp, class of 1851

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: yhm-arc-2009-003

Content Description

The John Clapp class of 1818 collection contains correspondence dealing with legal and personal matters, including letters from Cyrus Clapp 1851 (son) dating from 1839-1871, James Clapp from 1814-1866, Sam L. Raudall from 1836-1877, Lydia Clapp (wife) from 1857-1881, Cornelia and Edward Greene (niece and nephew) from 1854-1882 and Ernestine Alberti from 1835-1880 including documentation of legal case. The collection also contains financial statements, mortgages, receipts, business cards, documentation of land and court documents. There are also full and portions of books and journals included within the binders and separately. 4 letters from James Clapp to younger brother John Clapp at Hamilton College in 1814, and two letters from John to James. Lots of letters to do with legal matters, correspondence with other lawyers (some Hamilton alumni); bills, receipts, financial matters; [letter explaining Clapp family connections; school essays; obituary notices and letters; news clipping about Civil War battle reversal; 1865 letter after visit to Gettysburg--mostly about a package and dead letter office, but mentions celebration, soldiers; lots of material about a legal case involving Mrs. Ernestine Alberti (granddaughter of John or James Clapp);] correspondence of Cyrus Clapp about his trip west to Iowa in 1855; some hand-drawn maps of local property boundaries, etc. (in Iowa?); bound volumes: 1820s and 1830s ledgers of John Clapp's expenditures -- undated ledger with charges to specific people; Greek orations 1829 (1st edition?)

Acquisition Type



purchased from Michael Garvey via Steve Reznick; a portion of the collection donated by Michael Garvey; found in a trunk behind a furnace in house in Binghamton area

Restrictions Apply



  • 1814 - 1882