Guide to the Charles Hildreth Lewis Papers,
1859-1936, Bulk: 1862-1904
Norwich University Archives
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, VT 05663
Phone: (802) 485-2947
Fax: (802) 485-2173
Creator Lewis, Charles H., 1837-1906 Title Charles Hildreth Lewis Papers Dates 1859-1936, Bulk: 1862-1904 Extent 3 Boxes (3 linear feet)
About the Collection
The collection consists of the business papers of Charles Lewis, 1859-1936 (bulk: 1862-1904) reflecting his business interests in mining, financial affairs and real estate development. Also included is the correspondence of William Arba Ellis as he prepared his sketch of Charles Lewis for publication, 1910-1911. Obituaries, 1906, of Lewis are also available. The control file included with the collection contains a photocopy of a letter from Charles Lewis to the board of trustees, 20 December 1880, in which Lewis discusses his plans for Lewis College (Norwich University). The original of the letter is in the alumni file of Frederick E. Smith. A more detailed listing of papers within the collection may be found in the content listing.
About Charles Hildreth Lewis
Charles H. Lewis was born in Alton, ME, and died in Camden, ME. He graduated from Norwich University with the class of 1855. Following his graduation, he pursued a career in surveying and civil engineering in the west. Lewis served in the Civil War from 1861 to 1864. At various times, Lewis engaged in mining, financial affairs and real estate. Charles Lewis stepped forward to assist Norwich University with its financial troubles in 1880, in recognition of which the trustees changed the name of Norwich University to Lewis College on 31 December 1880. Lewis was made president on 21 December 1880 and held the office until 30 June 1892. On 24 October 1884, the name of the college reverted back to Norwich University. Charles Lewis married Orianna Pendleton of Belfast, ME.
The following subjects are represented in this collection. If you are researching these topics, try using these search terms in the library catalog:
Lewis, Charles H., 1837-1906
Norwich University. -- President (1880-1892 : Lewis)
Norwich University -- History -- 19th century.
Norwich University -- Alumni and alumnae.
Norwich University -- Students.
Ellis, William Arba, -- 1869- -- Correspondence.
The collection is open; however, due to the fragile condition of much of the materials, forty-eight hours notice is required for Archives staff to determine handling requirements.
Many items in the University Archives are one-of-a-kind resources that are not likely to be available anywhere but here. For this reason, forming citations for archival sources is a little different than for books and periodicals. If you need to cite anything from this collection, follow the format below: Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Charles Hildreth Lewis Papers, Box and/or Folder and/or Item Identification; Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT. Here’s an example from the collection:
Letter from William Arba Ellis to Jessica Lewis, 16 August 1911. Charles Hildreth Lewis Papers, Box 1, Correspondence of William Arba Ellis file, Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT.
Extent: 3 Boxes (3 linear feet) Collection Location: Archives B5.3
Language(s) of Material: English Repository: Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, 158 Harmon Dr., Northfield, VT 05663 USA, Phone: 802.485.2947, Fax: 802.485.2173, email@example.com
Correspondence of W. A. Ellis, 1910-1911
Papers, no date (2 files)
Photographs (3 items)
Subject files (retained together when possible):
o Allen, William H., 1881-1882
o Bookbinding, 1883-1885
o Cape Jellison Land Co., no date
o Deeds, 1884
o Denslow, 1884-1885
o Emery, Charles, maps, ca. 1883
o Frenchman’s Bay & Mt. Desert Co., 1884-1891
o Haines, deeds, 1886-1888
o Harrington, George E., 1886-1887
o Lancey, Dustin, 1885
o Lancey & Lewis, 1880-1887
o Lewis, W. D., 1884-1886
o Massachusetts Benefit Assn., William D. Lewis, 1881-1883
o Milton Mining & Milling Co., 1880-1883
o National Nickel Plating Assn., 1882
o New York investors, 1907-1909
o Paid bills, 1884-1886
o Pine Tree Silver Mining Co., 1881-1886
o St. Francis Gold Mining Co., 1880-1881
o Soden, Milliken, etc., 1884-1885
o Star Newspaper Co., 1881-1883
o Stock out as collateral, 1883
o Thayer, W. D., 1883
o Wadleigh, Dexter, 1886-1887
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