Collection ID: MS 15

Collection context


Pease, William Barrett, 1844-1903
Correspondence and financial records of William Barrett Pease, son of a New Haven bookseller and Civil War veteran. Most of the letters are from members of his wife's family and relate to Pease's real estate holdings in Brooklyn. A letter (1879 Jul 3) from Samuel Chapman Armstrong, the founder of the Hampton Institute, offers Pease a position at the Institute.
0.5 Linear Feet


Acquisition information:
Gift of Edward Ingraham, 1955.
Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Scope and Content:

The William Barrett Pease (1844-1903) Papers consist of one box of primarily business and family letters and financial statements covering the period 1877-1887. Originally mounted in chronological order in one volume, the papers are now alphabetically arranged in two series of 41 folders. Most of the letters are from F.W., John, and Henry Cook, his wife's uncle and cousins, and concern Pease's real estate holdings in Brooklyn.

These papers were donated to the Yale University Library by Edward Ingraham in 1955.

Biographical / Historical:

William B. Pease was the son of Thomas Huntington Pease (1815-1890), a New Haven bookseller. After enlisting as a private in the 15th infantry regiment of the Connecticut Volunteers, he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the 8th regiment of U.S. Colored Troops in 1862. The regiment served in Florida for a time and was then transferred to Virginia where it was one of the first units of the Union Army to enter Petersburg. After the war he went with the regiment to Brownsville, Texas to assist in restoring order. In 1867 he received a commission as First Lieutenant in the 11th regiment of the regular army. The only letter in the collection connected with his service with the Colored Troops is one in folder one from Samuel Chapman Armstrong dated 1879 July 3. Armstrong, the founder of Hampton Institute, offers Pease a position at the Institute, but these is no further information on the subject in the papers. Of the later events in Pease's life, little has been recorded. For a time he served as Captain at Fort Omaha, Nebraska and from at least 1899 until his death he 1903 he lived in Samobor, Austria. Pease married Mary Frances Cook and was the father of four girls. The letters from non-family members are mainly concerned with his investments in real estate and railroads, financial notes and mortgages, and army supplies.


I. Correspondence. II. Financial Records.


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