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Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Administrative Information

Biography of Samuel Eddy Barrett

Scope and Content of the Collection

Arrangement

Selected Search Terms

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Inventory of the Samuel Eddy Barrett-Barrett Family Papers 1829-1948


The Newberry Library
Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610-7324
USA
Phone: 312-255-3506
Fax: 312-255-3646
E-Mail: specialcolls@newberry.org
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Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Lisa Janssen, 2010.

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Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Creator Barrett, Samuel Eddy, 1834-1912
Title Samuel Eddy Barrett-Barrett Family Papers
Dates 1829-1948
Extent 0.1 linear ft. (1 folder)
Abstract Letters written by Samuel Eddy Barrett to his wife Alice Barrett while travelling throughout the Far East; one letter addressed to Zechariah Eddy from Barrett's father Samuel Barrett regarding the death of Eddy's brother; letters to Barrett's daughter Adela Barrett pertaining to an inheritence and property.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Newberry Library, Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
Collection Call Number Midwest MS 76
Collection Stack Location 3a 35 3

Administrative Information

Cite As

Samuel Eddy Barrett-Barrett Family Papers, The Newberry Library, Chicago.

Provenance

Gift, Barrett Scudder, n.d..

Processed by

Lisa Janssen, 2010.

Acknowledgements

This inventory was created with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this inventory do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Access

The Samuel Eddy Barrett-Barrett Family Papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Samuel Eddy Barrett-Barrett Family Papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

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Biography of Samuel Eddy Barrett

Chicago industrialist, head of Barrett Manufacturing Company, and a Major in the Civil War.

Samuel Eddy Barrett was born in Boston, Massachusetts on May 16, 1834 to parents Samuel and Ann Juliet Eddy Barrett. After school, Barrett came west to Chicago and founded the manufacturing firm of Barrett, Powell & Arnold in 1857. In 1859, he reorganized the business under the name S. E. Barrett: Manufacturing Company. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted as a private volunteer soldier in Company B, First Regiment Illinois Volunteer Artillery. Through the recommendation of General Sherman, he was commissioned major of his regiment in 1863.

Upon Barrett's return to Chicago in 1864, and until his retirement in 1903, he resumed charge of his business. S. E. Barrett Manufacturing Company became the Barrett Manufacturing Company in 1896, dealing primarily in roofing materials. In 1903 Barrett was appointed head of the executive board of American Coal Products Company.

Barrett married Alice D. Brush of Cleveland, Ohio, on May 20, 1868. They had six children: Robert, Adela, Juliet, John Wisner, Alice (who later married Arnold Scudder), and Winnifred. Barrett died in 1912.

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Scope and Content of the Collection

Letters written by Samuel Eddy Barrett to his wife Alice Barrett while travelling throughout the Far East. Also one letter addressed to Zechariah Eddy from Barrett's father Samuel Barrett regarding the death of Eddy's brother; and letters to Barrett's daughter Adela Barrett pertaining to an inheritence and property.

While the purpose of Barrett's visit to the Far East in unclear, the letters to wife Alice from Japan, China, India, and Indonesia are colored with descriptions of architecture and gardens, markets, and luxury goods. Many of the letters were written while at sea and describe fellow travellers and social interactions.

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Arrangement

Materials arranged chronologically.

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Selected Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Newberry Library's public catalog. Researchers desiring additional materials on a particular topic should search the catalog using these headings.

Names

  • Barrett family
  • Barrett, Samuel Eddy, 1834-1912 -- Correspondence
  • Barrett, Samuel Eddy, 1834-1912 -- Family
  • Barrett, Samuel Eddy, 1834-1912 -- Travel

Subjects

  • Correspondence -- 1801-1850
  • Correspondence -- 1851-1900
  • Correspondence -- 1901-1950
  • East Asia -- Description and travel
  • India -- Description and travel
  • Indonesia -- Description and travel
  • Industrialists -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Manuscripts, American -- Illinois -- Chicago

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