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Guide to the Vassar Family Papers, 1804-1891

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Vassar family
Title: Vassar Family Papers
Dates: 1804-1891
Quantity: 1 cubic ft (3 boxes)
Abstract: Deeds, mortgages, bonds, insurance papers, agreements, wills, complaints, letters, accounts, cancelled checks, leases, and other items concerning estate and business matters of George Booth, James Booth, Charles Vassar, James Vassar, John Guy Vassar, and Matthew Vassar, Jr.
Forms of Materials: Property records, financial records, legal documents and correspondence

Biographical Note

The founder of Vassar College was Matthew Vassar. He was born to James and Ann Vassar on 29 April 1792 in East Dereham, Norfolk. He had eight siblings, including sisters Sophia, Maria, Jemima and Kezia; and brothers John Guy, Charles and James. John Guy Vassar had two sons: John Guy Vassar, Jr. and Matthew Vassar, Jr.

Matthew's sister, Maria, married George Booth. Their daughter was Lydia Booth, who was instrumental in Matthew's decision to found a college for women.

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Chronology

29 Dec 1789 John Guy Vassar born in East Dereham, Norfolk, England, to James and Ann Vassar
29 Apr 1792 Matthew Vassar born
1796 James and Ann Vassar moved their family to the United States
1797 James and Ann purchased a farm in Dutchess County
10 Jan 1797 Charles Vassar born
1801 James and Ann sold the farm and moved to Poughkeepsie to start a brewery
22 Nov 1801 James Vassar, Jr. born
10 May 1811 The brewery burned to the ground, uninsured
11 May 1811 John Guy Vassar died examining the debris
1811 In his grief, James Vassar abandoned Poughkeepsie, and Matthew started a new brewery called M. Vassar and Co.
1832 John Guy Vassar, Jr. and Matthew Vassar, Jr. (John Guy Vassar's sons), became partners in the brewery
1853 Death of James Vassar, Jr.
1861 Vassar College founded
16 Sep 1861 Death of Charles Vassar
26 Sep 1865 Vassar College opened
23 June 1868 Death of Matthew Vassar

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Scope and Content Note

Deeds, mortgages, bonds, insurance papers, agreements, wills, complaints, letters, accounts, cancelled checks, leases, and other items concerning estate and business matters of George Booth, James Booth, Charles Vassar, James Vassar, John Guy Vassar, and Matthew Vassar, Jr. George Booth

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Access and Use

Access

This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without any additional restrictions.

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Related Material

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Subject Headings

Names:

  • Booth, George, ca. 1768-1833.
  • Booth, James.
  • Vassar, Charles.
  • Vassar, James.
  • Vassar, John Guy, 1811-1888.
  • Vassar, Matthew, 1792-1868.

Subjects:

  • Baptists--New York (State)--Poughkeepsie.
  • Decedents' estates--New York (State)--Dutchess County.
  • Family--New York (State)--Poughkeepsie.
  • Real property--New York (State)--Dutchess County.
  • Women's colleges--New York (State)--Poughkeepsie.

Places:

  • Dutchess County (N.Y.)--Commerce.
  • Poughkeepsie (N.Y.)--Religious life and customs.

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Encoding Information

Encoded by Elizabeth Clarke, February 2007.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Vassar Family Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Original processing date unknown. Last updated January 2007 by Laura Finkel.

Acquisition Information

Gift of various donors.

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Container List

Folder 1.1 Booth, George, 1802-1822
Folder 3.1 Booth, George, 1804-1814 (8 items)
Folder 3.2 Booth, James, 1815, 1820, 1835 (3 items)
Folder 2.11 Vassar, Charles G.
Folder 2.1 Vassar, Helen H. - autograph
Folder 1.2 Vassar, James - "Indexed" bonds, deeds, leases and mortgages, 1797-1812
Folder 1.3 Vassar, James - "Indexed" bonds, deeds, leases and mortgages, 1813-1831
Folder 3.3 Vassar, James - "Indexed" bonds, deeds, leases and mortgages, 1804-1817 (23 items)
Folder 1.4 Vassar, James - Miscellaneous statements and notes, ca. 1807-1852
Folder 1.5 Vassar, Jessie, 1911
Folder 1.6 Vassar, John Guy - Estate, ca. 1889-1891
Folder 1.7 Vassar, John Guy - Estate
Folder 1.8 Vassar, John Guy - Estate
Folder 2.2 Vassar, Matthew - Raymond biography and William Kelly letter, 1868
Folder 2.3 Vassar, Matthew Jr. - Notes from diary taken by James M. Taylor
Folder 2.4 Vassar, Matthew Jr. - Correspondence regarding "Mr. Lyon's Will," 1876-1879
Folder 2.5 Vassar, Matthew Jr. - Miscellaneous, ca. 1861-1889
Folder 2.6 Vassar, Matthew Jr. - Unidentified letter [from the Booth collection?], 4 Nov 1846
Folder 2.7 Nestell property, 1835-1836
Folder 3.4 Nestell property, 1825
Folder 2.8 Poughkeepsie hotels, 1935, n.d.
Folder 2.9 Real Estate, Chemung County, N.Y., 1857
Folder 2.10 Bonds, mortgages, and miscellaneous legal documents, 1812-1839
Folder 3.5 Bonds, mortgages, and miscellaneous legal documents, 1808-1839 (11 items)

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