Elisha Camp Papers,1756-1879

Collection Number: 696

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Elisha Camp papers, 1756-1879.
Collection Number:
696
Creator:
Elisha Camp.
Quantity:
7.2 cubic ft.; 9 v.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence; accounts; contracts; leases; surveys; bonds; deeds; receipts; other land, legal, and business papers; political broadsides; pamphlets; editorials; handbills; and speeches.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Papers pertaining to the early history of Jefferson County, New York.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Postmaster, militia officer, lawyer, deputy New York State district attorney, politician, newspaper owner and editor, banker, landowner, and land agent.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Correspondence, accounts, contracts, leases, surveys, bonds, deeds, receipts, and other land, legal, and business papers, political broadsides and pamphlets pertaining to the early history of Jefferson County, New York, particularly on the township of Hounsfield, on the transfer of land from intermediate investors to actual settlers, on the attempts to make Sackets Harbor a great commercial center, and on the accompanying economic, political, and social developments. Collection is chiefly concerned with Camp, who served as representative of his brother-in-law Augustus Sacket, and for other absentee landowners such as David A. Ogden, Thomas L. Ogden, Peter Kemble, Ezra Hounsfield, Lemuel Storrs, Henry Champion, Herman LeRoy, William Bayard, James M. Ellis, Cornelius Ray, Michael Hogan, James Le Ray Chaumont, the executors of the Nicholas Olive estate and the executors of Nicholas Gouvernor. Papers after 1845 are chiefly family letters between Camp and his children and Elisha E. Camp who was in Mexico (1847), Green Bay, Wisconsin, Washington Territory, and Oregon, and a series of Civil War letters. Names of persons and firms represented include David Boyd, President James Buchanan, DeWitt Clinton, James C. Duane, George Hale, L. Seymour, Gerrit Smith, Jesse C. Smith, Charles Smyth, Joseph C. Yates, the Jefferson County Agricultural Society, Jefferson County Bank, Lake Ontario Steamboat Co., Ogden Land Co., and the Sackets Harbor and Ellisburgh Railroad.
Other topics include the Sackets Harbor and Saratoga Railroad, Sackets Harbor Steam and Ferry Boat Co., Union Academy, and the Watertown and Rome Railroad. Also, handbills, editorials, and speeches concerning National Republican Party politics on the New York State and local levels, and containing uncomplimentary references to the Bucktail faction. Other papers pertain to the militia system, the United States Navy, restrictive fees on Lake Ontario commerce, and water rights at Brownville, New York.
Detailed list available in accession folder.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Camp, Elisha.
Bayard, William.
Boyd, David.
Buchanan, James, 1791-1868.
Camp family.
Camp, Elisha E.
Champion, Henry.
Clinton DeWitt, 1769-1828.
Duane, James C.
Ellis, James M.
Gouverneur, Nicholas.
Hale, George.
Hogan, Michael.
Hounsfield, Ezra.
Kemble, Peter.
Le Ray de Chaumont, J. (James), 1760-1841.
LeRoy, Herman.
Ogden, David A.
Ogden, Thomas L.
Olive, Nicholas.
Ray, Cornelius.
Sacket, Augustus.
Seymour, L.
Smith, Gerrit, 1797-1874.
Smith, Jesse C.
Smyth, Charles.
Storrs, Lemuel.
Yates, Joseph C.
Jefferson County (N.Y.) Agricultural Society.
Jefferson County Bank.
Lake Ontario Steamboat Co.
New York (State). Militia.
Ogden Land Company.
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
Sackets Harbor and Ellisburgh Railroad.
Sackets Harbor and Saratoga Railroad.
Sackets Harbor Bank.
Sackets Harbor Steam and Ferry Boat Company.
Union Academy.
United States. Navy.
Watertown and Rome Railroad.

Subjects:
Inland water transportation--New York (State)--Jefferson County.
Land titles--Valuation.
Land titles--Exchange of.
Mills and mill-work--New York (State)--Jefferson County.
Politics, Practical--New York (State)--Jefferson County.
Shipping--New York (State)--Jefferson County.
Manufactures--New York (State)--Jefferson County.

Places:
Jefferson County (N.Y.)--Commerce.
Jefferson County (N.Y.)--Social conditions.
Jefferson County (N.Y.)--Economic aspects.
Jefferson County (N.Y.)--Politics and government.
Jefferson County (N.Y.)--Economic conditions.
Jefferson County (N.Y.)--Finance.
Sackets Harbor (N.Y.)--Commerce.
Sackets Harbor(N.Y.)--Economic conditions.
Sackets harbor (N.Y.)--Social conditions.
Sackets Harbor (N.Y.)--Finance.
Jefferson County (N.Y.)--History, Local.
Hounsfield (N.Y.)--History.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.

Form and Genre Terms:
Account books.
Leases.
Surveys.
Bonds (negotiable instruments).
Deeds.
Broadsides.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Elisha Camp papers, #696. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
All the material in the collection may not be covered by this guide.
Box 1
Letters, legal documents, receipts, etc.
June 28, 1756; 1784-1818
Box 2
Letters, legal documents, receipts, etc.
1818-1822
Box 3
Letters, legal documents, receipts, etc.
1822-1827
Box 4
Letters, legal documents, receipts, etc.
1827-1830
Box 5
Letters, legal documents, receipts, etc.
1831-1833
Box 6
Letters, legal documents, receipts, etc.
1834-1835
Box 7
Letters, legal documents, receipts, etc.
1836-1837
Box 8
Letters, legal documents, receipts, etc.
1837-1839
Box 9
Letters, legal documents, receipts, etc.
1840-1842
Box 10
Letters, legal documents, receipts, etc.
1842-1845
Box 11
Letters, legal documents, receipts, etc.
1846-1850
Box 12
Letters, legal documents, receipts, etc.
1850-1853
Box 13
Letters, legal documents, receipts, etc.
1854-1855
Box 14
Letters, legal documents, receipts, etc.
1856-1859
Box 15
Letters, legal documents, receipts, etc.
1860, undated
Box 16
Letters, legal documents, receipts, etc.undated
Box 17
Ms. drafts of political handbills, editorials, and speeches
Box 18
Miscellaneous political drafts
undated
Volume 1
Scrapbook
1820-1838
Volume 2
Day Book
1838-1841
Volume 3
Day Book
1840-1846
Volume 4
Account Book
1817-1821
Volume 5
Account Book
1835
Volume 6
Account Book
1846-1847
Volume 7
Shipping Book
1847-1860
Volume 8
Ledger
1816-1845
Volume 9
Business Letter Book - signed by Camp as cashier; seems to be banking
1855-1856
Mapcase Folder 1
Plan of proposed division of Sackets Harbor
1823