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Guide to the Sylvester Manor Archive
1649-1996
 MSS 208

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Collection processed by Colin Wells, with the assistance of Liza Harrell-Edge and Noah Gelfand, 2008-2010.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on September 23, 2014
Description is in English.

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Creator: Fiske, Andrew, 1912-1992
Creator: Gardiner, Samuel Smith, 1789-1859
Creator: Horsford, Eben Norton, 1818-1893
Creator: L'Hommedieu, Ezra, 1734-1811
Creator: Sylvester, Nathaniel, 1610-1680
Title: Sylvester Manor Archive
Dates [inclusive]: 1649-1996
Abstract: Sylvester Manor is the home of the original European settlers on Shelter Island in eastern Long Island, New York, created in 1652 with the arrival of Nathaniel and Grissell Sylvester. For over 350 years and continuing to this day, the Manor has remained with descendents of the original Sylvesters, and the Sylvester Manor Archive contains documents dating from its European settlement to the late-20th century. The earliest documents provide evidence of an operational northern provisioning plantation involved in the Atlantic trade of the 17th century, while later portions of the collection document the lives of several notable descendents including Ezra L’Hommedieu, an attorney and politician from the American Revolutionary Era, Samuel Smith Gardiner, an attorney from a prominent family of eastern Long Island, and Eben Norton Horsford, a scientist at the forefront of the development of American food science and chemistry and a successful entrepreneur.
Quantity: 88.37 linear feet (159 boxes)
Call Phrase: MSS 208