William Abbatt collection (1927-1931)

Collection processed and finding aid created by Meg Hixon, October 2011
Manuscripts Division, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan

Summary Information

Title: William Abbatt collection
Creator: Abbatt, William, 1851-1935
Inclusive dates: 1927-1931
Extent: 5 items
The William Abbatt collection contains correspondence related to Abbatt's authorial and editorial work about the American Revolution.
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

1999. M-4055.

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.


Transferred from the Book Division

Preferred Citation

William Abbatt Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


The collection is arranged chronologically.


William Abbatt (1851-1935) was an author, magazine publisher, and editor based in New York during the first half of the 20th century. His work concentrated on the American Revolution, and included several publications on John André and Benedict Arnold. In addition to his work with scholarly manuscripts, Abbatt edited and published The Magazine for History with Notes and Queries.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The William Abbatt collection contains correspondence and a newspaper clipping related to Abbatt's scholarly work about the American Revolution. The four letters in the collection represented Abbatt's efforts to ensure historical accuracy throughout his work. Specific subjects addressed in the collection included the historiography of the American Revolution and of Benedict Arnold's invasion of New York, archival records of two members of the Continental Army, the proper use of military titles for retired officers, and Return Jonathan Meigs' involvement in Montgomery's attack on Québec. The newspaper clipping, mounted on the back of a printed petition from George Wilkes to the House of Representatives (December 10, 1848), commemorated a site related to Benedict Arnold's Québec invasion, which was flooded following the completion of a local dam.

Subject Terms

  • Arnold, Benedict, 1741-1801.
  • Meigs, Return Jonathan, 1740-1823.
  • United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
  • United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Historiography.
  • Shenk, Hiram H. (Hiram Herr), 1872-1954.
Genre Terms:
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Letters (correspondence)

Contents List (Request Materials)

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Container / Location Title
Box   29, Small Collections Folder   2
William Abbatt Collection,  1927-1931 [series]

Additional Descriptive Data

Alternate Locations

Codman, John. Arnold's expedition to Quebec. 2nd ed. New York: The Macmillan co., 1902.

Related Materials

The Clements Library holds several books written or edited by Abbatt. These are available by searching "William Abbatt" in the library's online catalog.