Making Connections

Every Friday I take the list of  records we have created over the past week as part of our continuing NHPRC grant-funded project, and search our collections database (The Museum System) to see if we have any museum objects attributed to the creators of the manuscripts. Often I will not find anything, but today I found several and decided they were blog-worthy.

Our Silliman & Co. correspondence (Ms 47183) comprises business letters sent to the Chester, Connecticut firm. The letters mention some of the company’s products, including inkstands and sand boxes.

Traveling Inkstands and letter stamps, 1870s-1880s, 2006.46.1.1a,b-.11a,b and 2006.46.2.1a,b-.6a,b. The Newman S. Hungerford Museum Fund, Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT

In our museum collections we have inkstands (2006.46.1.1a,b-.11a,b) and letter stamps (with an original box, 2006.46.2.1a,b-.6a,b).

Congregation Ados Israel, Hartford, 1970, 2006.93.229. Newman S. Hungerford fund, Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT

Congregation Ados Israel (Ms 46796a) was a synagogue in Hartford, Connecticut. The papers include a Certificate of Organization for the congregation (1917), an agreement for Benjamin Pearlman of Bronx, New York to serve as Cantor for the high holidays in 1932, and three court documents. The documents are related to a law suit filed by Reuben Kaszmirsky against the congregation. Kaszmirsky was hired to provide Ados Israel with a choir for the 1921 high holidays. Among other issues, the quality of the choir’s first performance was not deemed acceptable, and the congregation dismissed Kaszmirsky. The suit was the result of the dismissal.

A wall clock, made by Seth Thomas Clock Co. and owned by the Congregation, as well as the photograph (by an unknown photographer), may be found among our collections.

Edward Woolsey Bacon’s collection (Ms 101000) consists of invitations to former officers of the 29th Connecticut Infantry Regiment. The men were invited by a committee, including Bacon of New Haven, Connecticut. Their replies are also included and many used a page included with the invitation to report on their activities after discharge. An additional item is a bill from the New Haven Hotel for the supper.

Bacon’s swords and scabbards (1998.81.1a,b and 1998.81.2) are in our collections. No photographs are currently available, but one is a Model 1841 Naval Officers sword and the other is a non-regulation Civil War Officers sword.

Edward Woolsey Bacon was born in 1843 in New Haven, Connecticut, the son of the Reverend Dr. Leonard Bacon ( 1802-1881). He left Yale University at the age of seventeen and joined the U.S. Navy as a clerk during the Civil War. By 1864, he switched to the army and served with distinction as a captain with the 29th Connecticut Volunteers, Colored Regiment, Army of the James, and later as major of the 117th U.S. Colored Troops. After the war his troops were assigned to Brownsville, Texas. He soon after resigned from the army, returned to Yale, and in 1877 became minister of the Second Congregational Church in New London, Connecticut. Ill health forced him several time to travel to California, where he died at the age of forty-four. He was married in 1869 to Mary Elizabeth Staples, a granddaughter of Jonathan Knight (1789-1864), a founder of Yale Medical School.

All of the objects, manuscripts, and photographs are available for study in our Research Center. Come visit!

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