Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Hatch-Hutchinson Papers, 1862-1865

Finding aid created by
Terese M. Austin, May 2008

Summary Information
Title: Hatch-Hutchinson papers
Creator: Hutchinson, Leroy
Inclusive dates: 1862-1865
Extent: 37 items
The collection consists of letters written by friends and family members to Leroy Hutchinson, a young man who has left his home in Connecticut to take a position at the Eastern Hotel in New York State.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site:

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1990. M-2586a1.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Hatch-Hutchinson Papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan.


Leroy Hutchinson left his home in Hartford, Connecticut, to take a position at the Eastern Hotel in New York City. His parents lived in Hartford, where his mother, Lydia B. Hatch took in boarders. His father worked in a dye house, and then in a munitions factory, where he drilled pistol barrels. In 1865, Leroy moved to the Syracuse area.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of 37 letters written to Leroy Hutchinson by his family and friends in Liberty Hill and Hartford, Connecticut.

Nineteen of the letters were written to Leroy by his mother, Lydia B. Hatch. In her letters to her son, Lydia is concerned with the state of his clothes and his morals, urging him to resist the temptations of alcohol and bad company while working at the Eastern Hotel. She teases him about getting body lice from the “fast girls” (December 24, 1865). In the same letter, Lydia reveals a glimpse of her own domestic life: “Your father is in the closet eating hominy & milk, & I can’t write much more for I am so hungry, I want some too -- he has acted like sin all day, has kicked me every time I came near him…”

The Hatch-Hutchinson papers contain a single unlabeled photograph of a woman, cropped into an oval shape, enclosed in a December 23, 1862 letter by Leroy's grandmother.

Subject Terms

    • Eastern Hotel (New York, N.Y.)
    • Connecticut--Social life and customs.
    • Domestic relations.
    • Family--Connecticut.
    • New York (N.Y.)--Social life and customs.
    Genre Terms:
    • Photographs.
    • Forsyth, Addie.
    • Forsyth, Joe.
    • Hatch, Lydia B.
    • Morgan, Lottie.
    • Morgan, William E. (Ned)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   41 Small Collections  
    Hatch-Hutchinson papers,  August 27, 1862-March 4, 1866 [series]
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Alternate Locations

    The Hatch-Hutchinson papers arrived with the Talcott Family papers. The two collections have no apparent connection to one another.