Skip to main content

Dwight Family papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00404

Scope and Contents

The Dwight Family papers contain correspondence, writings, printed material, and memorabilia. The bulk of the papers consist of correspondence (originals and typed copies) of Elihu Dwight M.D., his son John, John's wife Nancy Everett Dwight and John and Nancy's oldest son Rev. Melatiah Everett Dwight. Also included are excerpts from Elihu Dwight's medical diary, a report of a journey he made in 1789, business papers and accounts, and sermons and items related to Melatiah's ministry.

Dates

  • 1785 - 1940

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections (specialcollections@smith.edu) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that they own copyright, Louise B. Caldwell has assigned the copyright of Dwight Family works to Smith College; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by the Dwight Family, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical Note

Elihu Dwight was born on October 22, 1763. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1790 and married Lydia White (1777-1846) in 1801. He studied medicine with Dr. Ebenezer Hunt of Northampton (Mass.) and practiced medicine in Northampton and South Hadley (Mass.) until he retired at age 70. He died June 1, 1854. Elihu and Lydia Dwight had seven children, their youngest, John, born in 1819, married Nancy Shaw Everett. Nancy Shaw Everett was born June 17, 1817 in Foxboro, MA and was adopted at an early age by her uncle Melatiah Everett of Wrentham. Her father, Metcalf Everett was a cousin of Edward Everett, the prominent American politician. She was a member of the first senior class of Mt. Holyoke Seminary. Following her graduation she became preceptress of a school in Woodstock CT in 1839. She left that position to marry John Dwight in 1841 in Wrentham, MA. They had five children. She died on November 2, 1892, in New York City. John Dwight and his wife Nancy Shaw Everett Dwight moved to New York City in 1846 and he began the manufacture of bicarbonate of soda. He was head of the firm of John Dwight and Co. for 50 years and from 1896 was president of Church and Dwight Company. Melatiah Everett Dwight, the eldest son of Nancy Shaw Everett and John Dwight, was born October 15, 1841 in South Hadley. He was a Congregational minister, serving a church in Onarga, Illinois. He married musician Helen M. Kirby, of Jacksonville, ILL, in 1845. They had five children.

Extent

7.5 linear feet (9 boxes)

Overview

The Dwight Family was a prominent New England family. Elihu Dwight, born 1763, graduated from Dartmouth College in 1790 and married Lydia White (1777-1846) in 1801. He studied medicine with Dr. Ebenezer Hunt of Northampton, MA and practiced medicine in Northampton and South Hadley until he retired at age 70. He died June 1, 1854. Elihu and Lydia Dwight had seven children; their youngest, John, born in 1819, married Nancy Shaw Everett. Nancy Shaw Everett (1817-1892) was the adopted daughter of Metcalf Everett, a cousin of Edward Everett, the prominent American politician, pastor, educator, diplomat, and orator. Everett served as U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, the 15th Governor of Massachusetts, Minister to Great Britain, and United States Secretary of State. She was a member of the first senior class of Mt. Holyoke Seminary. Following her graduation she became preceptress of a school in Woodstock CT in 1839. The Dwight Family papers contain correspondence, writings, printed material, and memorabilia. The bulk of the papers consist of correspondence (originals and typed copies) of Elihu Dwight M.D., his son John, John's wife Nancy Everett Dwight and John and Nancy's oldest son Rev. Melatiah Everett Dwight. Also included are excerpts from Elihu Dwight's medical diary, a report of a journey he made in 1789, business papers and accounts, and sermons and items related to Melatiah's ministry.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Louise B. Caldwell.

Related Materials

Originals of some letters at Mt. Holyoke. Civil War letters at Yale.
Title
Dwight family papers
Status
Minimum Finding Aid (Completed)
Author
Ellice Amanna
Date
2019
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

Contact:
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063