Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Ogden M. Bulson Collection, 1886-1892

Finding aid created by
Carmen Miller and Meg Hixon, December 2011

Summary Information
Title: Ogden M. Bulson collection
Creator: Bulson, Ogden M.
Inclusive dates: 1886-1892
Extent: 71 items
Abstract:
The Ogden M. Bulson collection consists primarily of correspondence related to the settlement of William H. Smith's estate, and also includes receipts for cheese and for estate-related money transfers.

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:

2004. M-4409.6.

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:

Ogden M. Bulson collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

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


Biography

Ogden M. Bulson was born in June 1841 in New York, and worked as a dairy farmer in DeKalb, New York. He and his wife Ellen had several children: Herbert (b. ca. 1870), Charles H. (b. July 24, 1872), William (b. ca. 1876), and Bessie (b. December 1880). In 1891 and 1892, he served as a co-administrator of William H. Smith's disputed estate.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Ogden M. Bulson collection consists primarily of correspondence related to the settlement of William H. Smith's estate, and also includes receipts for cheese and for estate-related money transfers. The first 17 items in the collection are receipts for cheese sold by Ogden M. Bulson in Rensselaer Falls, New York, dated between May and November 1886. The bulk of the material relates to the legal issues surrounding the estate of William H. Smith. Many of the letters are from William D. ("Don") Smith of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, the deceased's nephew and Bulson's friend, and relate to ongoing disputes over appointing the estate's administrators and settling his uncle's will. William D. Smith repeatedly expressed his desire for a quick resolution, as he required money for a new business venture. Robert E. Waterman, an attorney from Ogdensburg, New York, worked closely with Bulson, who was eventually appointed an estate administrator. Both Bulson and Waterman corresponded with William D. Smith, sharing news of their correspondence with each other; these letters reflect ongoing difficulties in the case, which moved along more quickly after Bulson and Horace White were appointed estate administrators. Additional material includes three personal letters, including one from Thomas Peggs, who specialized in the manufacture of tombstones (October 21, 1891).

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Dairy farming--New York (State)
    • Decedents' estates--New York (State)
    • Eau Claire (Wis.)
    • Executors and administrators--United States.
    • New York (State)--History--19th century.
    • Ogdensburg (N.Y.)
    • Rensselaer Falls (N.Y.)
    Contributors:
    • Smith, William D.
    • Waterman, Robert S.
    • White, Horace.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    • Receipts (financial records)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Box   24, Small Collections  
    Ogden M. Bulson collection [series]:
    Folder   32-37  
      May 31, 1886-March 14, 1892 and  undated