Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Jared and Susannah Arnold Papers, 1799-1857

Finding aid created by
Clements Staff, 2003; Erin Platte and Meg Hixon, October 2011

Summary Information
Title: Jared and Susannah Arnold papers
Creator: Arnold family
Inclusive dates: 1799-1857
Bulk dates: 1800-1851
Extent: 0.5 linear feet
The Jared and Susannah Arnold papers are a collection of letters, written primarily by family members, pertaining to business and family matters. Legal documents regarding shipping, deeds for ships, etc. are also included in the collection.
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:

1997. M-3387.4.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


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:

Jared and Susannah Arnold Papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


This collection is arranged in the following series:

  • Series I: Correspondence
  • Series II: Legal documents


Jared Arnold was born on September 21, 1774, in Haddam, Connecticut, to Joseph Arnold and Mary Crane, and became a ship captain and merchant. He and his wife, Susannah Brainerd (1780-1867), lived in Haddam, Connecticut, and had three children: Jared (1806-1884), Joseph (1811-1884), and Owen (1818-1900). Jared owned a mill in Auburn, New York; Joseph became a merchant; and Owen, who attended Yale in the 1830s, taught at Oglethorpe University before relocating to New York. The elder Jared Arnold died on August 7, 1845.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Jared and Susannah Arnold papers consist primarily of correspondence written between the couple and their children in the early 19th century. The earliest items in the Correspondence series, which makes up the bulk of the collection, are personal letters written and received by Jared Arnold and Susannah Brainerd before their marriage; these include material from Jared to his brothers, Simon and Joseph, as well as several addressed to Susannah by female friends. Many of the early letters detail the couple'scourtship; following their marriage, they corresponded with friends and family about their travels to New York, Baltimore, and other cities on the East Coast. Later material in the collection reflects the lives of the Arnolds' three sons, who frequently wrote their parents and, less often, each other; their son Owen, for example, shared his experiences at Yale College in the mid-1830s, and on one occasion detailed his expenses (February 6, 1835). Later, Owen wrote from his teaching post in Milledgeville, Georgia, while Jared drew a map of land along the Chemung River near Elmira, New York; Owen's letter of April 27, 1843 contains several pencil sketches, including a hawk and rough patterns. Two of the letters are written on printed reports: the Commercial Reporter and Shipping List from Mobile, Alabama (December 6, 1837) and a report of "The Trustees of the Planters and Merchants Bank of Mobile" (April 3, 1847).

Documents in the collection include two shipping receipts; a document related to the ownership of the Exchange , of which Jared Arnold was captain, by Jozeb and Horace Stocking; and a power of attorney appointing Jared Arnold legal representative for Jozeb Stocking.

Subject Terms

    • Auburn (N.Y.)
    • Haddam (Conn.)
    • Middletown (Conn.)
    • Yale College (1718-1887)
    • Shipping--United States--History.
    • United States--History--1783-1865.
    Subjects - Visual Materials:
    • Elmira (N.Y.)
    • Arnold, Jared, 1774-1845.
    • Arnold, Jared, Jr., 1806-1884.
    • Arnold, Joseph, 1811-1884.
    • Arnold, Owen Brainerd, 1818-1900.
    • Arnold, Susannah, 1780-1867.
    Genre Terms:
    • Legal documents.
    • Letters (correspondence)
    • Receipts (financial records)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Correspondence [series]
    Box   1 Folders   1-21
    Documents [series]
    Box   1 Folder   22