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   Gay-Otis Papers [ca. 1740]-1900.

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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Gay-Otis family papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library

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Bib ID:4078802 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Gay family.
Title:Gay-Otis Papers [ca. 1740]-1900.
Physical description:ca. 9,878 items (66 boxes)
Language(s):In English
Access: This collection has no restrictions. This collection is located on-site.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into four series:

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Description

Scope and Content

Personal, business, and legal letters; manuscripts including prose, poetry, and diaries; and documents including deeds, receipts, invoices, and account books. The 18th century materials focus on the personal and business correspondence of Calvin, Jotham, and Martin Gay, sons of Ebenezer Gay who were engaged in shipping between New England and the Maritime Provinces. There are occasional letters of Jotham and Martin referring to the American Revolution. The Otis family correspondence of the 18th century, likewise, is of a purely routine and personal nature. There are only four letters of Col. James Otis, and only two of his son, James. Gay and Otis family interests intertwine during the 19th century with the marriage of Mary Allyne Otis to Ebenezer Gay, who are among the chief correspondents of this century, along with their children including Sidney Howard Gay and Winckworth Allan Gay. The Otis correspondence centers around business, real estate, and personal interests of Mary A. Otis Gay's brothers John, Joseph, and William Otis.

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This collection has no restrictions.

This collection is located on-site.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Gay-Otis family papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library

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Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Cataloged 06/--/89 Christina Hilton Fenn

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion July 7, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2009-07-07 File created.
    2014-06-13 XML document instance created by Catherine C. Ricciardi

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Account books.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Diaries.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
PoemsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

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Authors, American.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Families--Massachusetts--Dedham.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Families--Massachusetts--Hingham.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Gay, Calvin.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Gay, Ebenezer, 1696-1787.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Gay, Ebenezer, 1771-1842.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Gay, John.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Gay, Jotham.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Gay, Martin, 1950-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Gay, Mary Allyne Otis.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Gay, Sydney Howard, 1814-1888.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Gay, Winckworth Allan.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Journalists.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Landscape painters.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
New England--Commerce.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
New England--Social life and customs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Otis, James, 1702-1778.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Otis, James, 1725-1783.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Otis, John.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Otis, Joseph.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Otis, William.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Painters.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Real property--New England.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Shipping--Maritime Provinces.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Shipping--New England.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

History

Two important New England families whose British ancestors settled in Massachusetts during the second quarter of the 17th century. Members of the two families include John Gay, a founder of Dedham, Mass., 1635; John Otis, a founder of Hingham, Mass, 1636; Rev. Ebenezer Gay (1696-1787), his sons Calvin, Jotham, and Martin; Col. James Otis (1702-1778), his son James, the patriot (1725-1783); Ebenezer Gay (1771-1842), his wife Mary Allyne Otis Gay, and their children who include Sidney Howard Gay, the journalist and author, and Winckworth Allan Gay, the landscape painter; and Mary A. Otis Gay's brothers John, Joseph, and William Otis.

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