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T.S. Gold Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 1982-0002

Scope and Content

The collection contains personal papers, notes, lectures, speeches, published articles, financial and legal papers, and printed materials, photographs, engravings and illustrations, newsclippings pamphlets, brochures, advertisements, memorabilia, correspondence and historical materials regarding the Gold and Cleveland families. Also included is information and publications concerning the Storrs Agricultural School (SAS), the Housatonic Valley Milk Association as well as other organizations of interest to the Gold families.

Dates

  • undated, 1800-1907

Access

The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from the owner(s) of the copyright.

Biography

Theodore Sedgwick Gold was born 2 March 1818 in Madison, New York, the son of Dr. Samuel Wadsworth Gold and Phoebe Cleveland. Mr. Gold was married to Caroline E. Lockwood of Bridgeport in 1843. They had three children - Eleanor Gold Hubbard, Rebecca Gold Cornell and Caroline Gold Gibson - before Mrs. Gold died in 1857. In 1859, Mr. Gold married Emma Tracey Baldwin of Rockville. They had four children - Alice Gold Puttkamer, Martha Gold Morgan, Charles Gold and Dr. James Gold.

T.S. Gold graduated from Yale College in 1838 and then spent four years studying and teaching at academies in Goshen and Waterbury. He moved to Cornwall in 1842 to pursue a career in farming. In 1845, along with his father, T.S. Gold founded the Cream Hill Agricultural School at his farm in West Cornwall, Connecticut. He continued to teach there for 24 years.

Mr. Gold was an active patron of many state agricultural endeavors. He was a founding member of the Connecticut State Agricultural Society beginning in 1853. In 1866 he was appointed secretary of the newly created Connecticut Board of Agriculture and served in that capacity for several years.

Connecticut Soldiers' Orphans' Home, located in Mansfield, Connecticut, and served as its secretary until 1874. During this same time, Mr. Gold combined his interests in farming and Connecticut history and wrote a history of Cornwall that was published in 1877.

Mr. Gold was a trustee of the Storrs Agricultural School from 1881 to 1901 and took an active role in promoting the school's growth and development throughout his lifetime. He was a member of the Board of Control of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station since its establishment in 1877. Mr. Gold was also a member of numerous agricultural and historical associations.

T.S. Gold died at his home in Cornwall on 19 March 1906.

Extent

14 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Theodore Sedgwick Gold was born in Madison, New York. T.S. Gold graduated from Yale College in 1838 and then spent four years studying and teaching at academies in Goshen and Waterbury. He moved to Cornwall in 1842 to pursue a career in farming. Mr. Gold was a trustee of the Storrs Agricultural School from 1881 to 1901 and took an active role in promoting the school's growth and development throughout his lifetime.

Arrangement

Series I: T.S. Gold (undated, 1809-1906) is composed of personal papers compiled by Mr. Gold. The series includes seven subseries: Correspondence, Writings of T.S. Gold, Storrs Agricultural School, Memorabilia, Business, Printed Material and Condolences. Correspondence (1840-1906) contains incoming correspondence regarding Mr. Gold's personal and business affairs and is arranged chronologically. Writings of T.S. Gold (1844-1905) includes notes, lectures, speeches and a few published articles. This subseries is arranged alphabetically by title or subject. Storrs Agricultural School (1884-1899) is a small subseries, arranged alphabetically, containing financial and legal papers and printed materials. Memorabilia contains positive print photographs, engravings and illustrations, newsclippings and personal effects collected by T.S. Gold. Business (1859-1904) is a limited subseries containing bills, receipts and other statements regarding Mr. Gold's personal affairs. Also included are records of the Housatonic Valley Milk Association. Printed Material (1867-1885) includes pamphlets, brochures, clippings and advertisements from various organizations in which Mr. Gold expressed an interest. Those materials not arranged by type are arranged by subject (i.e. agriculture in Connecticut). Condolences (1906) contains correspondence received by the family regarding T.S. Gold's death.

Series II: Gold Family (1809-1907) is composed of personal papers and subject files compiled by Gold family members. The series is arranged in seven subseries by family member: Gold Family, Hezikiah Gold, Phoebe Gold, Dr. Samuel Wadsworth Gold, Charles L. Gold, Franz Von Puttkamer, and General John Sedgwick. Gold Family includes memorabilia, correspondence, legal documents, and historical materials regarding the Gold and Cleveland families and is arranged by subject. Hezikiah Gold (1810-1847) includes incoming correspondence and bills and receipts and is arranged by type of material. Phoebe Gold (1823-1850) is composed of incoming correspondence that is arranged chronologically. Dr. Samuel Wadsworth Gold, MD (1809-1864) includes correspondence, bills and printed material and is arranged by type of material. Charles L. Gold is composed of one file of personal papers. Franz Von Puttkamer (1885-1907) contains correspondence, legal and financial records, and bills and receipts. It is arranged chronologically. The subseries concerns Mr. Von Puttkamer's estate, of which T.S. Gold was executor. General John Sedgwick (1839-1892) includes correspondence, printed material, orders and receipts and invitation responses regarding the memorial service held for General Sedgwick, who was a relative of the Gold family. The subseries is arranged by type.

Series III: Newspapers (1800-1901) were collected by T.S. Gold and contain predominantly 19th century local and agricultural publications. Most of the newspapers contain articles regarding agriculture, the Gold family, and organizations to which Mr. Gold belonged or other matters of interest to Mr. Gold. The series is arranged alphabetically. The newspapers are in fragile condition and some particularly fragile items may not be available to researchers.

Custodial History

The papers were kept by family members in Cornwall, Connecticut, until their transfer to Ralph C. Gold of Ottumwa, Iowa.

Acquisition Information

The T.S. Gold Family Papers were donated to the University of Connecticut Library in August 1982 by Ralph C. Gold of Ottumwa, Iowa.

Existence and Location of Copies

Portions of the collection have been digitized and are available online.

Title
T.S. Gold Family Papers
Status
Published
Author
Archives & Special Collections staff
Date
1987
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

Contact:
University of Connecticut Library
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