Arnold family papers (1809-1826)

Collection processed and finding aid created by Rob S. Cox 1997
Manuscripts Division, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan

Summary Information

Title: Arnold family papers
Creator: Arnold family
Inclusive dates: 1809-1826
Extent: 9 items
The collection consists of various papers of the Arnold family including civilian commentary on the War of 1812.
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

1984. M-2153, M-2164.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


No copyright restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Arnold Family Papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


The comfortable life of Israel Arnold in Warwick, R.I., was briefly disrupted by the War of 1812. Bitterly affected by the deprivations inflicted on Rhode Islanders by the British blockade, he and his family sided with the common New England opinion that the war was the unnecessary outgrowth of lunk-headed American diplomacy and a popular covetousness of Canada. Arnold's death in the spring of 1814, left his widow, daughters Sarah and Lydia, and four sons, including Israel, William, and George. The Arnolds appear to have been related by marriage to the illustrious Perry family.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The high points of the Arnold family papers are the civilian commentary provided on the War of 1812 and an excellent 77 page journal kept by William Arnold during his journey from Rhode Island to Niagara Falls and Ontario in 1825. Arnold's journal includes a list of places visited, mileage, and a manuscript map of the Finger Lakes region. Also of interest is a detailed description of the reinterment of Oliver Hazard Perry in 1826, seven years after his death in Venezuela. The funeral was followed by a lavish party.

Subject Terms

  • Erie Canal (N.Y.)
  • Finger Lakes Region (N.Y.)--Description and travel.
  • New York (State)--Description and travel.
  • Perry, Oliver Hazard, 1785-1819.
  • United States--History--War of 1812.
  • Arnold, Israel.
  • Arnold, William.

Contents List (Request Materials)

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Container / Location Title
Volume   1  
Arnold family papers,  1809 May 8-1826 December 9 [series]

Additional Descriptive Data

Partial Subject Index

Erie Canal (N.Y.)
  • 6, 7
Estates (Law)--Rhode Island
  • 3
Finger Lakes Region (N.Y.)--Description and travel
  • 6,7
Funeral rites and ceremonies--Rhode Island
  • 8
New York (State)--Description and travel
  • 6, 7
Perry, Oliver Hazard, 1785-1819--Death and burial
  • 8
Rhode Islands. Militia
  • 5, 9
United States--History--War of 1812
  • 2, 3, 4
Washington (D.C.)--History--Capture by the British, 1814
  • 4