Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Barrett Family Papers, 1850-1866

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, October 2011

Summary Information
Title: Barrett family papers
Creator: Barrett, Joseph Chandler, b. 1823 and Barrett, Sarah Hillard, b. 1833
Inclusive dates: 1850-1866
Bulk dates: 1850-1859
Extent: 0.25 linear feet
Abstract:
The Barrett family papers contain the correspondence between Joseph Chandler Barrett and his fiancée, Sarah A. Hillard, during their courtship and the early years of their marriage, as well as personal letters written by family members and friends.

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: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1993. M-2955.5.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Barrett family papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically, with undated items placed at the end.


Biography

Joseph Chandler Barrett was born on December 12, 1823, and attended Dartmouth College, from which he graduated in 1850. Following his graduation, he taught in several schools throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire, until he took a job as a clerk in Worcester, Massachusetts, in the 1860s. On November 15, 1853, Barrett married Sarah Ann Hillard (b. 1833), and the couple had three surviving children: Charles, Lucy, and Sarah.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Barrett family papers contain the correspondence between Joseph Chandler Barrett and his fiancée, Sarah A. Hillard, during their courtship and the early years of their marriage, as well as additional letters written by family members and friends. Joseph often wrote and received letters about education in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and on one occasion mentioned attending a lecture about Germany delivered by Charles L. Brace (January 10, 1852). The enclosure in the March 3, [1859] letter is a four-page printed "Report of the Superintending School Committee" of Durham, New Hampshire. A large portion of the collection consists of the Barretts' correspondence during their courtship, and family letters about news and events, with occasional remarks about religious habits and views. Additional letters from family members and from acquaintances provide a picture of daily life in New England in the decade preceding the Civil War.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Courtship--United States.
    • Education--United States--History--19th century.
    • Massachusetts--History--1775-1865.
    • New Hampshire--History--1775-1865.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Correspondence [series]:
    Box   1 Folder   1-7
     1850-1866
    Box   1 Folder   8
     Undated
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Materials

    The American Science and Medicine collection contains a letter written by Joseph Chandler Barrett, September 13, 1856.

    Bibliography

    Barrett, William. Genealogy of the Barrett Family.