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A. S. Williams III Americana Manuscript Collections

Guide to the American Settlement Company letter and constitution W.0135

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

January 2014

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-01-23T16:39-0600

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

American Settlement Company letter and constitution

Unit ID:

W.0135

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.05 Linear feet

Dates:

1855 June 11

Abstract:

Constitution of the American Settlement Company (a subscription company which sold plots of land to Kansas settlers) and a letter written by a company representative

Location:

The A. S. Williams Americana Collection, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama

creator

American Settlement Company.

creator

Dwight, Theodore

creator

Williams, A. S., III

Acquisition Information:

Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

Biographical/Historical note

Modeled after earlier emigrant aid organizations, such as the New England Emigrant Aid Company, the American Settlement Company was founded in approximately 1855 to sell plots of land in the Kansas territory and provide support to new settlers. The company, based in New York, purchased 240 acres of land in the Kansas territory and founded Council City (later renamed Burlingame). The company's charter assured potential settlers that the American Settlement Company would provide support in founding a municipal government and that they could expect to enjoy "the literary, social and civil privileges of the old States" in the Kansas territory.

Source: Johnson, Samuel A. "The Emigrant Aid Company in Kansas." Kansas Historical Quarterly, www.kshs.org/p/kansas-historical-quarterly-the-emigrant-aid-company-in-kansas/12561.

Scope and Contents note

This constitution and letter is related to The American Land Settlement Company, a New York-based company which sold plots of land to settlers moving to the Kansas territory.

The company's constitution outlines the company's intent to purchase 240 acres of land in the Kansas territory and form a county, providing settlers with support to create a municipal government and a community infrastructure. The constitution is signed by G. W. Brown, a company agent, and dated 1854.

The letter, written by company agent Theodore Dwight, is dated June 11, 1855, and describes a trip taken by Dwight to visit relatives in Newtown, Kansas.

Preferred Citation:

American Settlement Company letter and constitution, A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Access Restrictions:

None

General note

Title on box: A. S. Williams III Americana Collection - Small Collections

Processing Information:

Processed by

Haley Aaron, 2013

Related Archival Materials note

The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection has another collection dealing with land development. See W.0002 Southern Alabama Emigration and Development Company Letters, A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Source(s)

Williams, A. S., III (local)

Business (lcsh)

Immigration and American Expansion (localbroad)

Letter and constitution Box WSC001 Folder W0135.01