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  • Notes on the Manuscript Collection Vol. 5 No. 1

    John B. Carney

    Mss 16 18 linear feet

    Gilbert Harry Doane, 1897-1980, was librarian at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and historiographer of the Diocese of Milwaukee between 1937 and 1967. He was an ordained clergyman and pursued his hobby of genealogy with the same scholarly energy as his professional activities. He retired to Newton, Massachusetts, and gave his papers to the Society in increments from 1979 to 1981, the last group through his estate.

    About two-thirds of the papers reflect genealogical research centered on Fairfield, Vermont families, 1602-1960. Of the 700 families represented, much of the material concerns the Hungerford family. Doane had originally researched the Hungerfords of Fairfield, Vermont, but later he included all known descendants and allied families of Thomas Hungerford (ca.1602-1 663) of New London and Hartford, Connecticut. His notes and material include earlier data received from the estate of Orville Hungerford, who had compiled a history of the Hungerford family.

    There are lesser amounts of material on miscellaneous American families and European names. Most of the material is in the form of correspondence and research notes

    Doane’s professional papers reflect his work as a librarian at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and his position as historiographer of the Milwaukee Episcopal Diocese, 1955-1967. Particularly important are Doane’s correspondence and notes gathered in preparing his biography of Bishop Kemper.

    His private papers also reflect his scholarly interests. He was a contributor to the Dictionary of American Biography and author of the book Searching for Your Ancestors.

    The collection is divided into five sub-groups.

    Sub-group I. Genealogical and historical papers of Fairfield, Vermont, ca. 1602-1960, principally on the Hungerford Family..

    Sub-group II.

    Genealogical notes on the origin of European names, ca.1100-1850.

    Sub-group III.

    Genealogical correspondence and notes on various American families, 1513 -1979.

    Sub-group IV.

    Correspondence and notes generated by Doane at Wisconsin. ca. 1925-1967.

    Sub-group V.

    Seventeen photographs, ca. 1900-1950.


    CG/Doa/51(277) 6 linear feet

    The Doane Family Collection is divided into two parts. The first contains correspondence and research noted tracing Doane lineage from 1086 to 1917. The second part contains photographs of Doane family members and Doane houses and gravestones.

    Alfred Alder Doane, 1855-1918, was born at Argyle, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. He later came to Massachusetts and became a citizen in 1882. A long time member of the Society, Doane researched the Doane family, tracing his descent from Deacon John Doane of Plymouth and Eastham in Plymouth Colony. He published the Doane Family in 1902 and inspired the interest which resulted in the organization of the Doane Family Association. Doane died in Everett, Massachusetts, in 1918. The Doane Family Collection was deposited in the Library of the Society in 1952 by the Doane Family Association.


    Mss 113 143 items

    The Agnes E. Dodge Papers, 1844-1969, follow descendants of Richard Dodge, 1602-1671, of [25] Wenham, Massachusetts, and Phineas Dodge, 1662-1704, of Rowley, Massachusetts. Two partial genealogies, notes and correspondence follow the family from Massachusetts to Illinois, Washington, and Wyoming. Unfortunately, the sources are thinly scattered, as though the collection may have been larger. The allied families of Gray and Robinson also receive attention.

    Included among the private papers in the collection is an undated constitution of the South Boston Anti-Slavery Society, and the June 10, 1844 minutes of a Friends of the Slave meeting, probably at Boston. Both documents reflect the abolitionism of William B. Dodge, 181 3-1871. A son, James H. Dodge, born 1845, provided an account of garrison life at Fort Independence, Boston, in 1864.

    The papers are divided into two sub-groups.

    Sub-group I. Genealogy: genealogies, notes, clippings and correspondence, 1844-1969.

    Series A. Dodge family: genealogies, notes, clippings and correspondence, and personal papers, 1635-1969.

    Series B. Allied families: notes, clippings and correspondence pertaining to the Gray, Miller, and Robinson families. 1879-1941.

    Sub-group II. Graphics: portraits and views derived from activities of the Dodge and allied families, 1860-1961.

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