Guide to the Collection on Gideon Welles, 1822-2015
Norwich University Archives
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, VT 05663
Phone: (802) 485-2947
Fax: (802) 485-2173
Summary Title Collection on Gideon Welles Dates 1822-2015 Extent 1 Box (.50 linear feet)
About the Collection
The collection on Gideon Welles contains eight letters written by Samuel Welles (1754-1834) to his son Gideon Welles during Gideon’s attendance at the American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy in Norwich, VT, 1824-1825. An additional five letters, 1861-1865 and 1878, are detailed in the content listing. Included is “Gideon Welles’ Album,” an autograph album containing contributions of poetry and other expressive sentiments from family and friends in Glastonbury, CT, 1823-1824. There is an oversized photographic portrait of Gideon Welles taken during his tenure as Secretary of the Navy and attributed to Alexander Gardner (housed separately in OSD2.6).
Included is the 1862 Dartmouth College diploma of Samuel Welles (1840-1866), a nephew of Gideon Welles. This Samuel Welles was a member of the NU class of 1859.
There is also biographical information and photocopies of letters held by the Library of Congress (1822 and 1824) and in the Alden Partridge papers held by Norwich University. The Control File included with the collection contains additional information on the life and service of Gideon Welles and the collection remains open to new acquisitions.
About Gideon Welles
Gideon Welles entered the American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy (forerunner to
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Norwich University) in 1823, remaining three years. He received an honorary M.A. degree from Norwich in 1836. Welles was editor and part owner of the Hartford Times newspaper from 1826-1854. He assumed the appointment of Secretary of the Navy in the Lincoln administration in 1861 and held the post through the Johnson administration in 1869. He married Mary J. Hale in 1835.
The following subjects are represented in this collection. If you are researching these topics, try using these search terms in the library catalog:
· Welles, Gideon, 1802-1878
· Foot, Solomon, 1802-1866
· Hamlin, Hannibal, 1809-1891
· Opdyke, George, 1805-1880
· Cameron, Simon, 1799-1889
· United States. -- Navy -- History -- 19th century.
The collection is open. However, the photocopies of letters held by the Library of Congress (1822 and 1824) are not the property of Norwich University. These letters are 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); Collection on Gideon Welles, Box and/or Folder and/or Item Identification; Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT. Here’s an example from the collection:
Letter from Gideon Welles to Simon Cameron, 13 March 1861. Collection on Gideon Welles, Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library Northfield, VT.
Extent: 1 Box (.50 linear feet) Collection Location: Archives 501 and OSD2.6 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
· Biographical information · “Gideon Welles’ Album,” an autograph album containing contributions of poetry and other expressive sentiments from family and friends in Glastonbury, CT, 1823-1824. · Letters from Samuel Welles to Gideon Welles, 1824-1825 (8 items) · Letters, 1861-1865 (4 Items): o 13 March 1861, Welles to Simon Cameron regarding the establishment of mail communication with Key West. o 18 September 1862, New York City mayor George Opdyke to Welles concerning the appointment of M. H. Chambers as assistant paymaster in the navy. o 8 July 1864, Welles to Senator Solomon Foot regarding the enlargement of the navy building. o 27 August 1865, Hannibal Hamlin (1809-1891), Bangor, ME, to P. W. Perry regarding Welles: “…I have addressed no note to the Secy of the Navy [Welles] for four years — He so abused me that my self-respect will not allow me to ask anything of him…” o 31 July 1878, Gustavus Vasa Fox to Edgar Welles regarding the vindication of Gideon Welles shortly after his death. · Photocopies of letters, 1822, 1824 & 1831 held by the Library of Congress. · Photograph of Gideon Welles during his term as Secretary of the Navy, 1861-1869, attributed to Alexander Gardner · Dartmouth College diploma of Samuel Welles, 1862. (NU class of 1859)
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