Ansel Wells Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Wells, Ansel M.
Ansel Wells papers
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet , 2 folders

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Scope and Contents note

The Ansel Wells papers consist of diaries, letters, and a tuition receipt. Wells kept the two diaries (1860, 1861-1862) while he was living in Pharsalia, New York. The brief daily entries record his farm work, social life, and religious activities. The tuition receipt (1859) represents Wells' attendance at the Cincinnatus Academy in Cincinnatus, New York. Six letters (1847-1853) from H. P. Herrick to his family in Pharsalia describe his life as a student at Amherst College and as a teacher in New Jersey and New York after graduation. There is also a letter from Hettie Herrick, H. P.'s sister, to their sister Mary. Mary Herrick married Ansel Wells in 1861.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections January 1965

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

  February 2000

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Gift of Mrs. E. Boutell, 1961-09-15. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Amherst College.
  • Cincinnatus Association.


  • Diaries
  • Letters (correspondence)

Geographic Name(s)

  • Amherst (Mass.)
  • New York (State) -- Religion
  • New York (State) -- Social life and customs
  • Pharsalia (N.Y.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Boutell, E., Mrs.
  • Herrick, H. P.
  • Wells, Ansel M.


  • Agriculture -- New York (State)
  • Education -- Massachusetts
  • Education -- New Jersey
  • Education -- New York (State)

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Collection Inventory


Papers 1847-1862