Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Thomas C. Garrett Correspondence, 1834-1854

Finding aid created by
Erin Platte and Meg Hixon, April 2012

Summary Information
Title: Thomas C. Garrett correspondence
Creator: Garrett, Thomas C., 1805-1888
Inclusive dates: 1834-1854
Bulk dates: 1834-1846
Extent: 66 items
This collection consists of incoming correspondence addressed to Thomas C. Garrett, a jeweler and watchmaker in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The letters, from suppliers and merchants, concern the supply of materials used to make jewelry and watches and pertain to Garrett's business 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:

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1993. M-2971.7.

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.

Preferred Citation:

Thomas C. Garrett Correspondence, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


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


Thomas C. Garrett was born in Philadelphia on March 30, 1805, to Philip C. and Rebecca Garrett. He worked with the machine manufacturing firm Garrett, Eastwick & Harrison before establishing a jewelry business with his father. He married Frances Biddle (1803-1873) on October 18, 1827, and they had seven children: Elizabeth, Rebecca, Frances, Philip, John, Martha, and Hetty. Philip and John founded P. C. & J. B. Garrett, a manufacturing firm, in 1873. Thomas C. Garrett died on November 18, 1888.

Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of 66 incoming letters addressed to Thomas C. Garrett, a jeweler and watchmaker in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, between 1834 and 1854. Garrett corresponded with dealers and merchants around the United States, though most were based in New York City. Many letters reflect the cost of metals, pins, watch glasses, fob chains, and other components of watches and jewelry. In his letter of October 16, 1842, J. B. Cooper of Cincinnati, Ohio, noted the current prices of jewelry, and others provided invoices or price lists. Much of the correspondence concerns Garrett's relationships with other firms. For example, Roger Walter at the House of Berger Walter in New York City, expressed his hope that Garrett would continue doing business with the firm after a change in management (March 21, 1842); Thomas [Alsop] apologized for his inability to pay a debt, laying out his reasons (December 4, 1841); and C. L. Heyde, one of Garrett's former employees, wrote three letters in July 1846 concerning a financial dispute he had with Garrett.

Subject Terms

    • Clock and watch industry.
    • Clock and watch makers--United States.
    • Jewelers--United States.
    • Merchants--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia.
    • New York (N.Y.)--Commerce.
    • Philadelphia (Pa.)--Commerce.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   18, Small Collections  
    Thomas C. Garrett correspondence [series]
    Folders   14-20  
     February 14, 1834-January 1854 and  undated
    Additional Descriptive Data

    Jordan, John W. Colonial and Revolutionary Families of Pennsylvania: Genealogical and Personal Memoirs. Volume 1. New York: Clearfield, 1911.