Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
William Campbell Letters, 1825

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, December 2011

Summary Information
Title: William Campbell letters
Creator: Campbell, William, d. 1844
Inclusive dates: 1825
Extent: 28 items
Abstract:
This collection contains 28 letters written to William Campbell in 1825 regarding ongoing efforts to survey land for the construction of a road in southeastern New York. Surveyors reported on their progress from various locations, including distance traveled, opinions of local residents, and reports on survey-related finances.

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:

2000. M-4090.

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:

William Campbell letters, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Biography

William Campbell, the oldest son of Revolutionary War Colonel Samuel Campbell, was born around 1767 and narrowly escaped being killed at his family's home in Cherry Valley, New York, during a British attack in November 1778. Campbell served several terms in the New York State Legislature and was chief engineer for a state road survey in 1825. In his later years, he served as surveyor-general of New York. He died on October 27, 1844.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection contains 28 letters written to William Campbell in the second half of 1825 regarding ongoing efforts to survey land for the construction of a road in southeastern New York. Campell was chief engineer for the project and received surveyors' reports about their progress.

The various agents primarily wrote from towns in southeastern New York such as Cooperstown and Red Hook. Many correspondents recorded the distance they traveled in a week, often between 18 and 25 miles, provided updates on their finances, and noted recent drafts made on behalf of the survey. Several mentioned moving along the "Windham Route," and many commented on regional geographic features, residents' opinions about local navigation, and possible route variations. Two of the letters contain small manuscript maps of natural features: November 20, 1825 (unsigned letter) and November 28, 1825 (letter by Ira Davenport).

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • New York (State)--Description and travel.
    • Roads--Surveying.
    • Surveying--New York (State)
    • Surveyors--New York (State)
    • Surveying--United States--History--19th century.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Box   49, Small Collections  
    William Campbell letters [series]:
    Folders   45-49  
      July 8, 1825-December 4, 1825
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Bibliography

    The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge, for the Year 1846. Boston: James Munroe & Co., 1845.