Hooker Family Papers

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Hooker Family Papers
Creator: Hooker family
Call Number: D.130
Dates: 1790-1963
Physical Description: 27 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Related Materials
Content List
Box 1: Correspondence
Box 2: Correspondence
Box 3: Correspondence
Box 4: Correspondence
Box 5: Correspondence
Box 6: Correspondence
Box 7: Correspondence
Box 8: Correspondence
Box 9: Correspondence
Box 10: Correspondence
Box 11: Correspondence
Box 12: Correspondence
Box 13: Correspondence
Box 14: Correspondence
Box 15: Correspondence
Box 16: Correspondence
Box 17: Financial and Legal Papers
Box 18: Legal Papers
Box 19: Diaries, chronological listing
Box 20: Diaries and Petty Cash Books, chronological listing
Box 21: Miscellaneous Business and Legal Papers, Deeds, Wills, Campaign Material
Box 22: Miscellaneous Essays, Notes, and Correspondence on Publications, etc.
Box 23: Miscellaneous Notebooks, Copy Books, Petitions, Tributes, etc.
Box 24: Miscellaneous
Box 25: Photograph Albums
Box 26: Photograph Albums
Box 27: Photograph Albums
Volume 1: Hooker Family, Book of Origins
Collection Overview
Title: Hooker Family Papers
Creator: Hooker family
Call Number: D.130
Dates: 1790-1963
Physical Description: 27 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Horace Hooker (1794-1865) came to the Rochester area from Windsor, Connecticut in 1821. He became a prominent settler in Carthage, a settlement on the east side of the Genesee River which later became a part of Rochester. His brothers James Hooker (1792-1858) and Henry Hooker (1803-1893), as well as his brother-in-law, Elisha Beebe Strong (1788-1867), husband of Dolly Goodwin (Hooker) Strong, also settled in the area.

Horace Hooker's son, Horace B. Hooker (1837-1914) married Susan P. Huntington (1841-1928), the daughter of Elon Huntington (1808-1899) a University of Rochester trustee and Carthage businessman. Mrs. Hooker was active in a number of civic and social organizations of Rochester, including the Woman's Educational and Industrial Union of which she was a president. A biography of her has been published: Kenneth Ward Hooker, Susan Huntington Hooker; A Memoir (1952).

Horace and Susan Hooker had eight children, seven of whom grew to adulthood. They were Albert Hooker (1865-1936), a chemist; Margaret H. Hooker (1868-1936), an artist and teacher; Elon Huntington Hooker (1869-1938), chemist, hydrodynamic engineer, and founder of Hooker Electrochemical Company in 1909; Harry M. Hooker (1872-1949), an engineer; Paul Hooker (1875-1940), an engineer; Horace W. Hooker (1876-1937), an engineer; and Jeanette H. Trimble (1881-1975).

Scope and Content
The Hooker Family Papers, 1790 to 1963 are arranged in five sections: correspondence, 1820 to 1930; financial and legal papers, 1790 to 1920; diaries and petty cash books, 1852 to 1926; miscellaneous papers, 1820 to 1963; and photograph albums, ca 1860's - 1890's. Sixteen of the twenty-seven boxes contain correspondence.

The main body of the correspondence in the papers is written to Susan Pamela Huntington Hooker (1841-1928) by her children, in-laws, and peers. These letters reveal many of the social attitudes of the day. Especially noteworthy are the concerns of women in this era; late 1800's and early 1900's. In reading the correspondence one develops a feel for how child-raising, loneliness, managing households, the illnesses were dealt with. Within the collection are several distinct groups of letters. The earlier correspondence, 1820-1840, consists of land and business transactions carried out mainly by James Hooker (1792-1858) and Horace Hooker (1794-1865). Other business oriented correspondence, 1830-1840, was written by members of the Huntington family. Of particular interest are two scrapbooks dating from 1862 to 1864 which contain letters written by Susan Huntington Hooker to her husband Horace B. Hooker during the Civil War. The letters from 1890 to 1910 revolve around the college life of Susan Hooker's children including several journeys abroad to Europe and Jamaica. Many of the letters from 1893 relate to the Chicago World's Fair.

The two boxes of financial and legal papers, 1790-1890, contain material relating to the early Hooker family. The financial papers consist mainly of account rosters of Helen (Wolcott) Hooker; Chloe Wolcott, mother of Helen (Wolcott) Hooker; and Horace Hooker, husband of Helen (Wolcott) Hooker. The remaining papers are promissory notes involving the Hookers, Wolcotts, and others.

The legal papers deal with land and real estate in Carthage, New York, now part of Rochester. The majority of the deeds involve Elisha Beebe Strong, who formed a land company with Herman Norton and Elisha Beach and pioneered the settlement of Carthage. Many of the deeds involved three of Dolly (Hooker) Strong's brothers, Henry (1803-1893), James (1792-1858), and Horace Hooker (1794-1865). Along with the deeds and promissory notes exists a folder of tax receipts and records, 1844-1870.

The diaries and petty cash books, 1852-1926, contain sporadic entries concerning daily life. The majority of the books belong to Alcesta F. Huntington (1837-1919), who was the older sister of Susan H. Hooker.

Four of the boxes contain a variety of miscellaneous material. The first box contains financial and legal papers related to the later (1800's and early 1900's) Hooker family. Principle contents are Hooker Process patents, 1880's and 1890's, and foreign patents, 1880's; deeds and documents re: Mandarin Cottage in Florida, 1899, 1940, 1943-44. Other papers deal with the Jarley Wax Works. The wills and related correspondence of Calvin Huntington, 1896; Elon Huntington, 1906; Charles Cole, 1890; Henry C. Hooker, 1907, are included within this box. Also present is campaign material for Elon Huntington Hooker who sought the Republican nomination for New York governor in 1920.

The second of these boxes mainly contains the literary work of Susan P. Huntington Hooker. There are eight folders of her essays and notes including a folder with material and notes about the history of Carthage, read before the Rochester Historical Society on March 10, 1902. (This paper was published as "The Rise and Fall of Carthage" in the Rochester Historical Association, Publication Fund Series, Vol. II (1923) p. 204-232). Contract correspondence with the Madden Music Company, 1906 to 1907 and correspondence about the historical pageant of 1893 are included. There are two folders comprised of poetry and prose written by several members of the Hooker family.

The last two of these boxes contain a wide variety of small notebooks, copy books, tributes, bills, newspaper articles, and post cards relating to members of both the Huntington and Hooker families.

Boxes 25 to 27 hold six photograph albums, three of which date from the 1860's-1880's and contain photographs of the Hooker family, cousins, and others. One album contains photographs from a trip to Europe in the 1890' s, another contains individual photographs of Union Civil War soldiers. The remaining album bears photographs of a variety of people not directly related to the Hooker or Huntington families.

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Rochester
American Civil War (1861-1865)
Correspondence
Diaries
Photographs
Records (Documents)
Hooker family
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers were the gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Trimble, October 1978.Access
The Hooker Family Papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Hooker Family Papers, D.130, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
See also: Huntington-Hooker Papers .


Administrative Information
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Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
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Content List
Box 1: Correspondence
Folder 1. No date, letters from Anjenette Huntington
Folder 2. No date, letters from "Fanny"
Folder 3. No date, letters from Margaret Hooker
Folder 4. No date, letters from Jeanette Hooker and "Mete"
Folder 5. No date
Folder 6. No date
Folder 7. No date
Folder 8. No date
Folder 9. No date
Folder 10. No date
Folder 11. 1820-1829
Folder 12. 1830-July 1836
Folder 13. August 1936-1837
Folder 14. 1838-1843
Folder 15. 1844-June 1845
Folder 16. July-December 1845
Box 2: Correspondence
Folder 1. 1846-1848
Folder 2. 1849
Folder 3. January-July 1850
Folder 4. August 1850-1851
Folder 5. 1852-1853
Folder 6. 1854-1855
Folder 7. 1856
Folder 8. January-August 1857
Folder 9. September - November 1857
Folder 10. December 1857 - March 1858
Folder 11. April - July 1858
Folder 12. August - October 1858
Folder 13. November 1858 - April 1859
Folder 14. May - December 1859
Folder 15. 1860's?
Folder 16. January - April 1860
Folder 17. May - July 1860
Box 3: Correspondence
Folder 1. August 1860
Folder 2. September - December 1860
Folder 3. 1861
Folder 4. 1862 - May 1863
Folder 5. June 1863 - July 1864
Folder 6. August - December 1864
Folder 7. January 1 - 14, 1865
Folder 8. January 15 - February 1865
Folder 9. March - April 16, 1865
Folder 10. April 17 - December 1865
Folder 11. 1866 - June 1867
Folder 12. July - December 1867
Folder 13. 1868
Folder 14. 1869
Folder 15. 1870's?
Folder 16. 1870
Folder 17. 1871 - 1872
Folder 18. 1873 - April 1874
Folder 19. May - December 1874
Box 4: Correspondence
Folder 1. Scrapbook of letters from Susan Hooker to Horace Hooker, 1864 - 1866
Folder 2. Scrapbook of letters from Susan Hooker to Horace Hooker, 1864 - 1866
Box 5: Correspondence
Folder 1. circa 1878
Folder 2. 1876
Folder 3. 1877
Folder 4. January - July 1878
Folder 5. August - December 1878
Folder 6. January - March 1879
Folder 7. April - Sept. 1879
Folder 8. October - December 1879
Folder 9. 1880's?
Folder 10. January 1880
Folder 11. February 1880
Folder 12. March - May 1880
Folder 13. June - December 1880
Folder 14. January - February 1881
Folder 15. March - April 1881
Folder 16. May - October 1881
Folder 17. November - December 1881
Folder 18. 1882?
Folder 19. January - February 1882
Folder 20. March - April 1882
Folder 21. May - December 1882
Box 6: Correspondence
Folder 1. January - March 1883
Folder 2. April - May 1883
Folder 3. June - November 1883
Folder 4. December 1883
Folder 5. January - February 1884
Folder 6. March - June 24, 1884
Folder 7. June 25 - August 16, 1884
Folder 8. August 17 - December 1884
Folder 9. 1885 - March 1887
Folder 10. April - December 1887
Folder 11. 1888 - January 1889
Folder 12. February - April 1889
Folder 13. May - June 1889
Folder 14. July - August 1889
Folder 15. September - October 1889
Folder 16. November - December 1889
Folder 17. 1890's?, letters from Margaret Hooker
Folder 18. 1890's?, letters from Margaret Hooker
Folder 19. 1890's?, letters from "Babe" Hooker
Folder 20. 1890's?, letters from ''Babe" Hooker
Folder 21. 1890's?
Folder 22. 1890's?
Folder 23. January 1890
Box 7: Correspondence
Folder 1. February 1890
Folder 2. March 1890
Folder 3. April - May 8, 1890
Folder 4. May 9 - June 1890
Folder 5. July - September 1890
Folder 6. October - November 1890
Folder 7. December 1890
Folder 8. January - February 1891
Folder 9. March - June 18, 1891
Folder 10. June 19 - August 1891
Folder 11. September - October 1891
Folder 12. November - December 1891
Folder 13. 1892?
Folder 14. January - February 1892
Folder 15. March 1892
Folder 16. April - May 1892
Folder 17. June - August 1892
Folder 18. September - October 15, 1892
Folder 19. October 16 - November 1892
Folder 20. December 1892
Box 8: Correspondence
Folder 1. 1893?
Folder 2. 1893?
Folder 3. 1893?
Folder 4. January 1893
Folder 5. February - March 1893
Folder 6. April 1893
Folder 7. May 1893
Folder 8. June - July 1893
Folder 9. August - October 1893
Folder 10. November 1893
Folder 11. December 1893
Folder 12. 1894
Folder 13. 1895 - 1900?
Folder 14. 1895 - February 1896
Folder 15. March - August 1896
Folder 16. September 1896 - 1897
Folder 17. 1898
Box 9: Correspondence
Folder 1. January - March 1899
Folder 2. April - December 1899
Folder 3. 1900's, letters from Margaret Hooker, Jeanette Hooker, "Babe" Hooker
Folder 4. 1900's
Folder 5. January 1900 - May 1901
Folder 6. June - December 1901
Folder 7. January - June 8, 1902
Folder 8. June 9 - August 1902
Folder 9. September - December 1902
Folder 10. 1903?
Folder 11. January 1903
Folder 12. February - March 1903
Folder 13. April 1903
Box 10: Correspondence
Folder 1. May - July 14, 1903
Folder 2. July 15 - August 1903
Folder 3. September 1903
Folder 4. October 1903
Folder 5. November - December 1903
Folder 6. January - February 14, 1904
Folder 7. February 15 - May 1904
Folder 8. June - July 1904
Folder 9. August - October 16, 1904
Folder 10. October 17 - December 1904
Box 11: Correspondence
Folder 1. circa 1905
Folder 2. January 1905
Folder 3. February - March 27, 1905
Folder 4. March 28 - April 1905
Folder 5. May - October 1905
Folder 6. October - December 1905
Folder 7. January 1906
Folder 8. February 1906
Folder 9. March - April 1906
Folder 10. May - September 1906
Folder 11. October - November 1906
Folder 12. December 1906
Folder 13. 1907?
Folder 14. January 1 - 20, 1907
Folder 15. January 21 - 31, 1907
Box 12: Correspondence
Folder 1. February 1 - 19, 1907
Folder 2. February 20 - March 11, 1907
Folder 3. March 12 - 31, 1907
Folder 4. April - May 14, 1907
Folder 5. May 15 - June 1907
Folder 6. July - September 14, 1907
Folder 7. September 15 - October 15, 1907
Folder 8. October 16 - November 1907
Folder 9. December 1907
Folder 10. 1908?
Folder 11. January 1 - 15, 1908
Folder 12. January 16 - March 10, 1908
Folder 13. March 11 - April 1908
Box 13: Correspondence
Folder 1. May - June 1908
Folder 2. July - September 1908
Folder 3. October - November 17, 1908
Folder 4. November 18 - December 16, 1908
Folder 5. December 17 - 31, 1908
Folder 6. January - February 1909
Folder 7. March - May 1909
Folder 8. June - September 1909
Folder 9. October 1909
Folder 10. November - December 1909
Folder 11. 1910's?
Folder 12. January - May 1910
Folder 13. June - December 1910
Folder 14. 1911?
Folder 15. January - March 1911
Box 14: Correspondence
Folder 1. April - May 14, 1911
Folder 2. May 15 - June 15, 1911
Folder 3. June 16 - August 1911
Folder 4. September - October 1911
Folder 5. November - December 1911
Folder 6. 1912?
Folder 7. 1912?
Folder 8. January - March 1912
Folder 9. April - June 1912
Folder 10. July 1912
Folder 11. August 1912
Folder 12. September - October 11, 1912
Folder 13. October 12 - 31, 1912
Folder 14. November - December 1912
Box 15: Correspondence
Folder 1. January - April 1913
Folder 2. May - July 1913
Folder 3. August - October 1913
Folder 4. November - December 1913
Folder 5. January - June 1914
Folder 6. July - August 1914
Folder 7. September - December 1914
Folder 8. 1915 - 1916
Folder J9. anuary - July 1917
Folder 10. August - September 1917
Folder 11. October - December 1917
Folder 12. 1918 - June 1919
Folder 13. July - December 1919
Folder 14. 1920's?
Folder 15. January - June 1920
Folder 16. July - December 1920
Box 16: Correspondence
Folder 1. January 1921
Folder 2. February - April 1921
Folder 3. May - June 16, 1921
Folder 4. June 17 - July 16, 1921
Folder 5. July 17 - August 1921
Folder 6. September - October 1921
Folder 7. November - December 1921
Folder 8. 80th Birthday Greetings to Susan Hooker, 1921
Folder 9. January - February 1922
Folder 10. March - April 1922
Folder 11. May - June 1922
Folder 12. July - December 1922
Folder 13. 1923
Folder 14. 1924
Folder 15. January - March 1925
Folder 16. April - December 1925
Folder 17. 1926 - 1930
Folder 18. Fragments
Box 17: Financial and Legal Papers
Folder 1. Financial papers, no date
Folder 2. Financial papers, 1790 - 1799
Folder 3. Financial papers, 1800 - 1809
Folder 4. Financial papers, 1810 - 1819
Folder 5. Financial papers, 1820 - 1829
Folder 6. Financial papers, 1830 - 1839
Folder 7. Financial papers, 1840 - 1849
Folder 8. Financial papers, 1850 - 1859
Folder 9. Financial papers, 1860 - 1869
Folder 10. Taxes and other receipts, 1850's, 1860's
Folder 11. Legal papers, pre-1810
Folder 12. Legal papers, 1810 - 1819
Box 18: Legal Papers
Folder 1. Legal papers, 1820's
Folder 2. Legal papers, 1820's
Folder 3. Legal papers, 1830's
Folder 4. Legal papers, 1830's
Folder 5. Legal papers, 1840's
Folder 6. Legal papers, 1850's
Folder 7. Legal papers, 1860's, 1890's
Folder 8. Legal papers, 1925
Box 19: Diaries, chronological listing
Folder 1849
Folder 1856
Folder 1858
Folder 1866
Folder 1867
Folder 1868
Folder 1869
Folder 1870
Folder 1872
Folder 1888
Folder 1891
Folder 1892
Folder 1893
Folder 1896
Folder 1898
Folder 1899
Folder 1900 (3)
Folder 1901 (4)
Folder 1902 (2)
Folder 1903 (4)
Folder 1904
Folder 1905
Box 20: Diaries and Petty Cash Books, chronological listing
Folder Diaries
Folder 1906 (2)
Folder 1907
Folder 1908
Folder 1909
Folder 1910
Folder 1911 (2)
Folder 1912
Folder 1913
Folder 1914
Folder 1915
Folder 1926
Folder Petty Cash Books
Folder 1854
Folder 1861
Folder 1864
Folder 1875
Folder 1884
Folder 1893
Folder 1894
Folder 1897 (2)
Folder 1901 (2)
Folder 1902
Folder 1903
Folder 1904 (3)
Folder 1905
Folder 1908
Folder 1909
Folder 1910 (2)
Folder 1914 (2)
Box 21: Miscellaneous Business and Legal Papers, Deeds, Wills, Campaign Material
Folder 1. Business letters, etc. for Elon Huntington, 1840's, 1850's
Folder 2. Western Lands Material, 1850's
Folder 3. Hooker Process Patents and License, 1880's
Folder 4. Hooker Process Patents, 1880's
Folder 5. Canceled Checks, Horace Hooker, 1897
Folder 6. Material re: Foreign Patents, 1880's
Folder 7. Foreign Patents, 1880's
Folder 8. Land Deed, 1864
Folder 9. Deeds, etc., Mandarin Cottage
Folder 10. Documents re: Mandarin Cottage, 1899, 1940, 1943 - 1944
Folder 11. Documents re: Mandarin Cottage
Folder 12. Notebooks re: Jarley Wax Works
Folder 13. Material re: Jarley Wax Works
Folder 14. Wills and Related materials
Folder 15. Certificate of Birth, Margaret Hooker
Folder 16. Essay in support of Theodore Roosevelt
Folder 17. Campaign Advertisements for Elon H. Hooker, NY candidate for Republican Nomination for Governor
Folder 18. Campaign buttons for Elon H. Hooker
Folder 19. Reproductions of: Devonshire Hooker Coat of Arms, Chelmeford Church of England, Statue of Thomas Hooker in Hartford
Box 22: Miscellaneous Essays, Notes, and Correspondence on Publications, etc.
Folder 1. Miscellaneous Prose
Folder 2. Trimble-Hooker, miscellaneous poetry
Folder 3. Notes on early Rochester settlers
Folder 4. Notes and Correspondence re: History of Carthage
Folder 5. Essay on Modern Life, circa 1905
Folder 6. Correspondence, etc., re: historical pageant, 1893
Folder 7. Correspondence, contracts with Madden Music Company, 1906, 1907
Folder 8. Essay, Flight through Italy
Folder 9. Essays
Folder 10. Typescript of essay
Folder 11. Essay
Folder 12. Manuscript essays, circa 1900
Folder 13. Essays
Folder 14. Essays
Folder 15. Miscellaneous prose and notes, etc.
Box 23: Miscellaneous Notebooks, Copy Books, Petitions, Tributes, etc.
Folder 1. Small notebook
Folder 2. Exercise book
Folder 3. Memorandum book, Alcesta Huntington, 1850's
Folder 4. Small account book, Huntington family, 1850's
Folder 5. Copy Book
Folder 6. Copy of travel accounts, "Lisbon, Boston"
Folder 7. Manuscript booklets relating to cooking
Folder 8. Small account book, Huntington family, 1834 - 1836
Folder 9. Farmers and Merchandise Bank, other materials
Folder 10. Account book, Wisconsin Sand Company
Folder 11. Travel notes
Folder 12. Diary entries, 1860's, 1870's
Folder 13. Miscellaneous memorandum and appeal to court
Folder 14. Minutes to American Defense Society, Board of Trustees
Folder 15. Petitions to board of health re: sewer
Folder 16. Account of a trip south, early 1900's
Folder 17. Memoriam and Obituaries
Folder 18. Pamphlet on Reverend Thomas Hooker and descendants
Folder 19. Proposal for Graduate Fellowship in Engineering, Cornell University, 1963
Folder 20. Pamphlet: re: Calvin Huntington scholarship, Vassar College
Folder 21. Tribute by Women's Union to Susan Hooker
Folder 22. Correspondence, presentation copies re: Earth's Rotation and Interior Heat, 1895, Elon Huntington
Box 24: Miscellaneous
Folder 1. Miscellaneous Drawings
Folder 2. Newspaper Articles re: Dr. Ralph R. Fitch, War Rationing
Folder 3. Newspaper Articles re: Rochester History, Mrs. Jarley's Wax Works
Folder 4. Certificate of Subscription, Review of Reviews
Folder 5. Miscellaneous bills
Folder 6. Cards and Photographs
Folder 7. Hair clippings from Hooker children
Folder 8. Miscellaneous household lists
Folder 9. Calling Cards and Invitations
Folder 10. Post cards, including Hooker Homestead, 1908
Folder 11. Negatives
Folder 12. Copy of field notes for survey of the village of Carthage
Folder 13. Tribute to Horace Willard Hooker, 1937
Box 25: Photograph Albums
Folder 1. Hooker family album
Folder 2. Hooker family album
Box 26: Photograph Albums
Folder 1. Photograph of France and England
Box 27: Photograph Albums
Folder 1. Photograph of friends and family of Hookers
Volume 1: Hooker Family, Book of Origins
This volume traces the genealogy of the Hooker Family, and includes historical notes, coats-of-arms and photographs.



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