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John Bigelow Papers

Identifier: SCA-0022

Scope and Contents

The John Bigelow Papers consist of the extensive correspondence of Bigelow and his family, as well as his scrapbooks, and many of his writings.


  • 1816 - 1955


Language of Materials

Primarily English, some material in French and other European languages.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Biographical / Historical

See the guide to the John Bigelow correspondence:


139.44 Cubic Feet

38 Boxes

40 Drawers

Other Finding Aids

An item level index to the correspondence (Series I), along with substantial contextual information, can be found here:

Immediate Source of Acquisition

A few volumes of archival material was included in the thousands of books donated by Bigelow's granddaughter Charlotte H. Conrad in 1952. However, the vast majority of the collection was donated by her husband Bryan Conrad between 1958 and 1964. A small number of additional items were donated or purchased at later dates.

Related Materials

An extensive listing of related collections is available here:

Processing Information

In 2017, volumes cataloged in the Vault Collection (UT B592n, UT B592pr, UT B592sc) were added to the collection.
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

Union College
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Schenectady NY 12308 United States