Bassett (W.D) Papers. 1855-1930.

Collection Information

Repository:  

New York State Historical Association Research Library
Special Collections
P.O. Box 800, Lake Road
Cooperstown, NY 13326
(607) 547-1470

Collection: W.D. Bassett Papers

Collection Number: 416

Accession Numbers: NM-012.01, NM-011.07

Extent of Collection: 2.5 cubic ft. + 1 oversize folder

 

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Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, diaries, account books, receipts, and cancelled checks of William David Bassett (1827-1899), documenting his work in the international fur trade and operation of a dairy farm in North East, Dutchess County, N.Y., as well as his personal life. The correspondence includes personal letters, particularly those between Bassett and his wife, Caroline Antoinette Wheeler Bassett, along with business letters. The letter books are mostly business related. Bassett’s sons, William Hopkins Bassett (called Willie in the journals) and Clarence Wheeler Bassett (who was a physician and practiced in Sharon, Connecticut), are mentioned often in the farm journals. The farm accounts were continued by William Hopkins Bassett after his father’s death.

 

Biographical Note

William David Bassett was born on August 12, 1827 in the town of North East, Dutchess County, New York. On January 26, 1854 he married Caroline Antoinette Wheeler (1831-1911) in North East. In 1855, they moved to Rochester, N.Y. and started to raise a family.

By 1857, Bassett had moved to New York City, where he was employed by fur dealers Charles King & Co., and later by George King in the same business. In the course of his work, Bassett traveled to Europe in 1862, 1868, and 1872.

He retired from the fur trade in about 1874 and moved back to North East to work on his dairy farm. It supplied milk to New York City, which was shipped daily by railroad (in cans). Bassett operated the farm until his death on July 9, 1899. Its operation was continued by his son, William Hopkins Bassett.

 

Inventory

Box 1

416.1/1            Basssett, Caroline Antoinette Wheeler. Hair sample (Nettie’s hair). undated.

.1/2            Business correspondence received. 1861 and April 1862.

.1/3            Business correspondence received. May 1862.

.1/4            Business correspondence received. June 1862.

.1/5            Business correspondence received. 1863-1868, undated.

.1/6            Business correspondence received (mostly from George King). 1869.

.1/7            Business correspondence received. May 1872.

.1/8            Business correspondence received. June 1872.

.1/9            Business correspondence received. July 1872.

.1/10          Business correspondence received. August and October 1872.

.1/11          Business correspondence sent. 1862-1869.

.1/12          Cable code book. 1873.

.1/13          Cables. 1871-1872.

.1/14          Cancelled checks. 1860-1875.

.1/15          Cancelled checks, correspondence, collector’s bond, and other papers. 1873-1897.

.1/16          Correspondence. Caroline Antoinette Wheeler Basssett to W.D. Bassett. undated.

.1/17          Correspondence. Caroline Antoinette Wheeler Basssett to W.D. Bassett. 1850-1851.

.1/18          Correspondence. Caroline Antoinette Wheeler Basssett to W.D. Bassett. 1852-1853.

.1/19          Correspondence. Caroline Antoinette Wheeler Basssett to W.D. Bassett. 1854-1859.

.1/20          Correspondence. Caroline Antoinette Wheeler Basssett to W.D. Bassett. 1860-1868.

.1/21          Correspondence. W.D. Bassett mostly to family members.1870-1886.

.1/22          Correspondence. W.D. Bassett to Caroline Antoinette Wheeler Basssett. 1852-1855, undated.

.1/23          Correspondence. W.D. Bassett to Caroline Antoinette Wheeler Basssett. 1858.

.1/24          Correspondence. W.D. Bassett to Caroline Antoinette Wheeler Basssett. 1859.

.1/25          Correspondence. W.D. Bassett to Caroline Antoinette Wheeler Basssett. 1860.

.1/26          Correspondence. W.D. Bassett to Caroline Antoinette Wheeler Basssett. 1861.

.1/27          Correspondence. W.D. Bassett to Caroline Antoinette Wheeler Basssett. 1862.

.1/28          Correspondence. W.D. Bassett to Caroline Antoinette Wheeler Basssett. 1863, 1867.

.1/29          Dairy account book and milk sold and information on cows. 1895-1902.

.1/30          Dairy account book and milk sold and information on cows, with enclosures. 1902-1930.

.1/31          Exchange receipts. 1863-1874.

.1/32          Farm journal, 1878-1879 / King company account book, 1872-1874.

.1/33          Farm journal. 1879-1881.

Box 2

416.2/1            Farm journal, 1881-1883 / King company day book, 1872-1875.

.2/2            Farm journal. 1883-1885.

.2/3            Farm journal. 1885-1886.

.2/4            Farm journal. 1886-1888.

.2/5            Farm journal. 1888-1892.

.2/6            Farm ledger. 1871-1888

.2/7            Farm ledger, with enclosures. 1888-1909.

.2/8            Household expenses and account book. 1855-1862.

.2/9            Household expenses / King company expenses and account book, with enclosures. 1862-1869.

.2/10          Household expenses and cash book, with enclosures. 1887-1896.

.2/11          Ledger and family members / King company business. 1872-1875.

.2/12          Ledger and King company business. 1872-1875.

.2/13          Letter book. 1859-1871.

Box 3

416.3/1            Letter book. June 1862 – February 1863.

.3/2            Letter book. December 1862 – February 1863.

.3/3            Letter book. 1871-1873.

.3/4            Letter book. 1873-1882.

.3/5            Life insurance policy. 1867.

.3/6            Receipts (Europe). 1862-1873.

.3/7            Receipts (United States). 1860-1872.

 

Oversize folder

416.01 Fur sales and public auctions. 1862-1873.

 

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