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Hannah Hayden Letters

Identifier: Midwest-MS-136

Scope and Content of the Collection

Mainly letters written by Hannah Hayden from Hartwick and Springfield, Otsego County, New York, to her parents and siblings in Windsor, Connecticut, which discuss the details of everyday life: births, deaths, accidents, sicknesses, meetings, etc. The letters are pasted into a Jackson, Michigan general store receipt book, dated 1845-1847.

The correspondence, supplemented by a few other family letters, was compiled by son Henry A. Hayden in 1875.


  • Creation: 1806-1866
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1806 - 1823



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Hannah Hayden Letters are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room.

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Hannah Hayden Letters are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

Biography of Hannah Hayden

New York State wife and mother.

Hannah Hayden was born in Windsor, Connecticut, in 1778, and moved with her husband Hezekiah to Hartwick, Otsego County, New York in 1806, and then to Springfield, New York, in 1811. In both towns they ran saw mills. The Haydens had twelve children, several of whom died in infancy.

Both Hannah and Hezekiah died in 1823.


0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)


Correspondence written in the early nineteenth century by Hannah Hayden from Hartwick and Springfield, Otsego County, New York, to her parents and sisters in Windsor, Connecticut, plus a few other family letters. Seventy-six items, the bulk of which are written by Hannah, detail her everyday life with her husband, and the births, lives and deaths of some of their twelve children.


Letters left as arranged in receipt book.

Collection Stack Location

1 1 2


Gift, Camilla Hayden Heller, 1975.

Processed by

Virginia Hay Smith, 2008.

Inventory of the Hannah Hayden Letters, 1806-1866, bulk 1806-1823
Virginia Hay Smith
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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