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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • Arrangement
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  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Benjamin Hodge papers
    Creator: Hodge, Benjamin, 1797-1868
    Identifier/Call Number: mssHG
    Physical Description: 7 Linear Feet (6 boxes and 1 envelope)
    Date (inclusive): 1795-1892
    Date (bulk): 1850s
    Abstract: Papers belonging to American horticulturalist and nurseryman Benjamin Hodge.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Benjamin Hodge papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Acquired from Ruth S. Hodge, through Lindley Bynum, 1937.

    Biographical / Historical

    Benjamin Hodge (1797-1868), moved with his family to Buffalo, New York, as a small child. He was captured by the British during the War of 1812, later began a career as a horticulturalist and nurseryman, and in 1826, opened the Buffalo Nursery. His son, Lyman Davis Hodge (born 1835) moved to St. Paul, Minnesota, where he entered business as a spice and coffee merchant and in the last years of his life planned to move to the Pacific Northwest. Other branches of the Hodge family lived in Ohio and Michigan.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection consists of letters, manuscripts (including six volumes of journals), documents, and ephemera related to the family, social, and business life of the Hodges and related families in New York, Minnesota, Ohio, and Michigan. A few early items relate to Benjamin Hodge's father, also named Benjamin, and to the experiences of Hodge as a prisoner of war in the War of 1812.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Huntington Library staff. In 2021, Brooke M. Black created a finding aid.


    Arranged in the following series: Correspondence and documents; Volumes and envelopes; and Land papers.


    Individual call numbers included in the collection: mssHG 1-379.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Education -- United States -- 19th century
    Families -- Michigan -- History -- 19th century
    Families -- Minnesota -- History -- 19th century
    Families -- New York (State) -- History -- 19th century
    Families -- Ohio -- History -- 19th century
    Social history -- 19th century
    Michigan -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
    Minnesota -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
    New York (State) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
    Ohio -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
    United States -- History -- War of 1812 -- Personal narratives
    United States -- Religion -- 19th century
    Family papers -- United States -- 19th century
    Journals (accounts) -- United States -- 19th century
    Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 19th century
    Hodge, Benjamin, 1753-1837
    Hodge (Family)