Guide to the James Woodbridge Letters, 1823-1827
Norwich University Archives
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, VT 05663
Phone: (802) 485-2947
Fax: (802) 485-2173
Summary Creator Woodbridge, James Title James Woodbridge Letters Dates 1823-1827 Extent 4 Items
About the Collection
The collection consists of five letters. The first two letters are written by James’s father, Ward Woodbridge of Hartford, CT, on 30 September 1823 and 24 May 1824, to his son at the Academy (Norwich University) in Norwich, VT. The letter dated 30 September 1823 is a transcription only; the original is the property of the Norwich Historical Society in Norwich, Vermont. In the second letter (24 May 1824), it appears that James was considering leaving the Academy, a decision of which his father approved. The third letter is to James at the Academy (Norwich University) in Middletown, CT, from B. Hudson in Hartford on 4 July 1826, and concerns the delay of a package. The fourth letter is from Ward Woodbridge in Hartford, CT, to his son James at the Academy in Middletown, 5 March 1827, in which he expresses concern over the rumor of a riot among the cadets. This letter is a photocopy only. The original is in private hands and a copy was sent to Norwich University on 3 July 1987. The last letter in the collection is also from Ward Woodbridge in Hartford to his son James at the Academy in Middletown, 27 April 1827, in which he expresses his wish to have his son pay the family a visit at election time.
About James Woodbridge
William Arba Ellis, in volume three of his published history of Norwich University, claims that James Woodbridge of Hartford, CT, entered the American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy (forerunner of Norwich University) in 1821 and graduated in 1823; however, the letters composing this collection indicate that Woodbridge entered the Academy in 1823 and was still there in 1827. Little else is known about James Woodbridge.
The following subjects are represented in this collection. If you are researching these topics, try using these search terms in the library catalog:
American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy
Norwich University -- History -- 19th century.
The collection is open. However, the original letter, 5 March 1827, in which James Woodbridge expresses concern over the rumor of a riot among the cadets, is in private hands and not the property of Norwich University. This letter is available for reference purposes only and may not be published without the permission of the owner.
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); James Woodbridge Letters, 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 Woodbridge to his son James Woodbridge, 27 April 1827. James Woodbridge Letters, Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library Northfield, VT.
Extent: 4 Items Collection Location: Archives 501, Small Collections — Alumni 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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