Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Edwin Price Papers, 1867-1870

Finding aid created by
Manuscripts Division Staff

Summary Information
Title: Edwin Price papers
Creator: Price, Edwin
Inclusive dates: 1867-1870
Extent: 14 items
The Price collection consists of 14 letters, written by Edwin Price to his brother James, many of them about life in Denver, Colorado.
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
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Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

2001. M-4170.5.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Edwin Price Papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Little is known about Edwin and James Price. In 1867 Edwin was a shopkeeper and trader in Warehouse Point, Connecticut, where his mother, father, and sister Emma also lived. His brother James was a harness maker, who worked for John B. Baker & Co. in Boston. Edwin wanted James to set up a shop in Connecticut so that the two brothers could have a joint business. James did move home to Warehouse Point, but by 1870 Edwin had left Connecticut for Denver, Colorado, where he writes his brother about business prospects in the young Denver and the new territory's nearly limitless potential for growth.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The small collection consists of only 14 letters, written by Edwin Price to his brother James. One, written March 16, 1867 from Warehouse Point, Connecticut, indicates Edwin's restlessness and his desire to have his brother join him in business in Connecticut. There is a brief note to James at the end of this letter from their sister Emma, who was home on vacation from school. Edwin wrote the rest of the letters in 1870 from Denver, Colorado. He writes of his excitement about business and property prospects in Denver, the fast rate of population growth, prices, buildings, railroads, overland travel, land speculation, game, crops, and other topics. Enclosed in the letter dated Nov. 11, 1870 is a short newspaper extract describing the territory of Colorado, which Edwin asks James to post in his shop in Warehouse Point.

Subject Terms

    • Colorado -- Description and travel.
    • Colorado -- History -- To 1876.
    • Denver (Colo.)
    • Railroad travel.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   5, Small Collections  
    Edwin Price papers,  1867-1870 [series]