William Holland Samson Papers: Finding Aid mssHM 8848-8906
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Title: William Holland Samson papers
Creator: Samson, William Holland, 1860-1917
Identifier/Call Number: mssHM 8848-8906
Physical Description: 1.2 Linear Feet (1 box)
Date (inclusive): 1755-1915
Date (bulk): 1880-1910
Abstract: A collection of research material on early French explorations in the Lake Erie region, collected by William Holland Samson, American editor and historian.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.
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[Identification of item]. William Holland Samson papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.
Purchased from Anderson Galleries, January 1918.
William Holland Samson (1860-1917) was born in Le Roy, Genesee County, New York. He was a writer and managing editor for the Rochester Post-Express; Samson also studied the early history of Western New York and the Seneca Native Americans.
A collection of 60 items from 1755 to 1915, it consists of research material and correspondence regarding early French explorations in the Lake Erie region, the early history of Western New York, Seneca Native Americans, and Jesuit missions. The collection also includes some of Samson's research notes and copies of earlier letters and papers relating to the Senecas, including a manuscript of biographical sketches of early Native American traders in Western New York and a geographical glossary of early Native American settlements. The 9 items for the period from 1755 to 1810 are later copies; all the items from 1880 onward are original manuscript material. Correspondents include John S. Clark, George Stillwell Conover, and John Stearns Minard.
Processed by Huntington Library Staff, circa 1925. In 2020, Gayle Richardson created the finding aid derived from a legacy summary report.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Seneca Indians -- History
Indians of North America -- New York (State)
Historians -- New York (State)
New York (State) -- History
Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 19th century
Professional papers -- United States -- 19th century
Clark, John Spencer, 1835-1920
Conover, George S. (George Stillwell), 1824-
Minard, John Stearns, 1834-1920
Jesuits -- Missions -- New York (State)
Box 1, Folder 1-60
William Holland Samson papers 1755-1915