Benjamin Hodge Papers mssHG

Brooke M. Black
The Huntington Library
March 2021
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Business Number: (626) 405-2191

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.

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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)


Correspondence and documents 1810-1892

Box 1

1810 - 1849

Box 2

1850 - 1851

Box 3

1852 - 1859

Box 4

1861 - 1869-1879

Box 5

1871 - 1892

Box 6

Volumes and envelopes 1795-1883

Envelope 1

Land papers 1795-1868