Dorr Family Papers, 1781-1943

Held by The Filson Historical Society

Creator: Dorr Family

Title: Papers, 1781-1943 (bulk 1835-1895)

Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for these papers, see the Curator of Special Collections.

Size of Collection: 1.5 cubic feet

Location Number: Mss./A/D716

Scope and Content Note

Personal correspondence and other papers of the Dorr and related families. Consists primarily of the papers of Elizabeth Chipman Hazen Dorr and her son Samuel Dorr but also represents their parents, siblings, and descendents. Many letters detail life in Massachusetts and New York in the early- to mid-nineteenth century. Others describe living abroad in England and France. Includes some legal papers and scrapbooks regarding the Louisville Chapter of the American Institute of Banking. Also contains some genealogical materials.

Historical Note

The Dorr family lived in Massachusetts and New York in the antebellum era. They were mostly merchants. Samuel Fox Dorr and Elizabeth Chipman Hazen married in 1835 and soon had two children, Samuel and Hazen. Samuel F. Dorr died in 1844, and Elizabeth Dorr moved to France shortly thereafter. Hazen Dorr died in the 1850s while a student at Harvard. Samuel Dorr, the son of Samuel F. and Elizabeth Dorr, moved to Louisville after the Civil War. In Kentucky, he married into the Meriwether family and practiced law. William Meriwether Dorr, the son of Samuel and Hannah Travilla Meriwether Dorr, was a banker and seems to have been a prominent member of the Louisville Chapter of the American Institute of Banking.

See enclosed genealogical material for Dorr and Hazen family trees.

Folder List

Folder 1: Charles & Elizabeth Hazen – Correspondence

Folder 2: Charles Hazen – Legal Papers

Folder 3: Charles Hazen – Miscellaneous

Folder 4: Samuel V. Dorr – Correspondence

Folder 5: Samuel Fox Dorr – Correspondence

Folder 6: Elizabeth Chipman Hazen Dorr – Correspondence, 1835-1841

Folder 7: Elizabeth Chipman Hazen Dorr – Correspondence, 1843-1846

Folder 8: Elizabeth Chipman Hazen Dorr – Correspondence, 1847-1849, 1863

Folder 9: Elizabeth Chipman Hazen Dorr – Correspondence with Charles Hazen

Folder 10: Elizabeth Chipman Hazen Dorr – Correspondence with Charles Drury Hazen

Folder 11: Elizabeth Chipman Hazen Dorr – Correspondence with James A. Dorr

Folder 12: Elizabeth Chipman Hazen Dorr – Correspondence, undated

Folder 13: Elizabeth Chipman Hazen Dorr – Correspondence fragments

Folder 14: Elizabeth Chipman Hazen Dorr – Estate papers

Folder 15: Samuel Dorr – Correspondence, 1841-1849

Folder 16: Samuel Dorr – Correspondence, 1850-1866

Folder 17: Samuel Dorr – Correspondence, 1883-1913

Folder 18: Samuel Dorr – Legal and Financial Papers, 1855-1907

Folder 19: Samuel Dorr – Essays, ca. 1857

Folder 20: Dorr family – Stock Certificates, 1852-1892

Folder 21: Hannah Travilla Meriwether Dorr – Correspondence, 1871-1943

Folder 22: William Meriwether Dorr – Correspondence, 1916-1937

Folder 23: Ward Chipman – Correspondence, 1783-1823

Folder 24: George B. Dorr/J. H. Dorr/Susan E. Dorr – Correspondence, 1836-1864

Folder 25: James A. Dorr – Correspondence, 1839-1869

Folder 26: Alonzo Douglas – Correspondence, 1849-1883

Folder 27: Charles D. Hazen – Correspondence, 1836-1860

Folder 28: William A. Meriwether – Correspondence, 1887-1896

Folder 29: Hannah Travilla Morsell – Correspondence, 1877-1895

Folder 30: Julia D. Morsell – Correspondence, 1849-1850

Folder 31: Lillie Morsell – Correspondence, 1852-1854

Folder 32: E. H. Slafter/James Slafter/Mary Slafter – Correspondence, 1863-1872

Folder 33: Emily Tryon – Correspondence, 1871-1876

Folder 34: Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1817-1888

Folder 35: Genealogy

Folder 36: Recipes

Folder 37: Envelopes

Folder 38: Miscellaneous

Folder 39: American Institute of Banking Scrapbook

Folder 40: American Institute of Banking Scrapbook

Folder 41: William M. Dorr – “History of the Louisville Chapter of the American Institute of Banking, 1898-1934”

Folder 42: Hannah Travilla Meriwether Dorr Scrapbook, 1879

Folder 43: Miscellaneous Scrapbook

Subject Headings

Dorr Family

Carlyle, Thomas, 1795-1881

Douglass, Alonzo, 1815-1886

Taylor, Zachary, 1784-1850

Villa, Pancho, 1878-1923

Hazen family

American Institute of Banking. Louisville Chapter

Mann Act, 1910

Christmas – Mississippi

Depressions – 1836-1837

Dueling – New Brunswick

Great Fire, Boston, Mass., 1872

Potatoes – New Brunswick

Slavery – United States

Temperance

Europe – Description and travel – 19th century

New Orleans (La.) – Description and travel – 19th century

New York (State) – Social life and customs – 19th century

Texas – Description and travel – 19th century

United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – Public opinion

United States – Politics and government – 1845-1861

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