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Guide to the Cogswell Family papers, 1823-1927 MS 152
The Cogswell Family was active in the business world in late nineteenth century New York and early twentieth century Maine, primarily in the tannery and general commission business. This collection contains the correspondence and legal documents of Frederick Cogswell, his son William Cogswell, and William's wife Edna Maude Cogswell, the inventor of sealing letter envelopes. Frederick Cogswell was a Justice of the Peace in Maine and a prominent member of society. He started as a tanner and his son, William, inherited this business and built it up into a fairly wealthy enterprise.
This collection contains numerous letters relating to personal and business events involving the Cogswell family. It also includes legal documents relating to business transactions reflecting the development and establishment of the Cogswell family throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. This family ran very successful businesses and these papers reflect the changes occurring in social attitudes and methods of business transactions over a 100 year period. The papers in this collection include business transactions, cases, bonds and personal letters showing the development and establishment of the Cogswell family.
Conditions Governing Access note
This material is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use note
Permission to publish material from the Cogswell Family Papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.
Cogswell Family Papers, 1823-1927, MS 152 Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.
This collection was a gift from the Cogswell family and received on April 5, 1962.