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Church family papers, 1784-1957, 2000

Identifier: SC-08
The Church family papers contain both personal and business correspondence, along with financial records, wills, newspaper clippings, and genealogical materials that span over a century. The largest part of the collection is comprised of Church family papers. Included in the collection are correspondence to and from family and friends in France. Some photographs and copies of photographs exist within the collection. A few members of the Church family are pictured. A postcard picture of the Belvidere home and a photograph of a chapel near Belvidere are included as well. Some pictures (photocopies) of Hobart College taken at the beginning of the twentieth century are also included.

A thesis by Melissa Carrie Naulin titled "All That a Genteel Family Need Require: The Church Family's Frontier Experience at Belvidere, Allegany County, New York" is also included. This thesis was written using the materials in the Church family papers and was submitted to the faculty at the University of Delaware in 2000.


  • Majority of material found in 1784-1957, 2000


2 Linear Feet (3 boxes)


This collection is arranged at the file level and does not include series.


Box 1-2: Archives Storage / Range 23A / Section 1;

Box 3: Archives Office / Section 4


The Church Papers, containing correspondence, financial records, wills, genealogical materials, newspaper articles, and a scrapbook of the family were collected by Marian Cruger Coffin and Warren Hunting Smith and donated to the Archives and Special Collections of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.
Church family papers, 1784-1957, 2000: A Finding Aid
Tricia McEldowney, Archivist
March 2018
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Revision Statements

  • March 2018: This collection had been previously processed. It was reprocessed in March 2018 to provide better clarity and ease of access of the collection as well as to better house the materials according to current archival best practices.

Repository Details

Part of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Archives and Special Collections Repository

Warren Hunting Smith Library
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Geneva New York 14456 U.S.A. US (United States)