Samuel H. Chittenden papers, 1868, 1874, 1983-1985

Overview of the Collection

Chittenden, Samuel H.
Samuel H. Chittenden papers
1868, 1874, 1983-1985 (inclusive)
(1 small collection envelope)
Collection Number
The collection contains original letters from Samuel H. Chittenden, including one which mentions events of the Bear River City riot of November 19, 1868.
American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3924
Laramie, WY
Telephone: 3077663756
Access Restrictions
Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.

The creation of the EAD-version of this finding aid was made possible through a grant from the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Samuel H. Chittenden was employed as a survey engineer during construction of the Union Pacific transcontinental rail line in 1868. During this time he wrote many letters to his family in East River, Connecticut, describing his life and conditions and events in the construction camps.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains two original letters, one written from Fort Sanders (near present Laramie, Wyoming), March 2, 1868; and one from Bear River City (near present Fort Bridger, Wyoming), November 22, 1868, which mentions events of the Bear River City riot of November 19. Also included in the collection are photocopies of pages from La Posta, A Journal of Western Postal History (1983-1985) in which further letters from the same series and background information are published.

A third original letter was written by Nathan O. Doolittle from Laramie, Wyoming Territory, to Samuel Chittenden in 1874, describing Doolittle’s work for the railroad. Also included is a note to Chittenden from another friend.

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Restrictions on Use

Copyright Information

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Preferred Citation

Preferred Citation

Item Description, Samuel Chittenden papers, 1868, 1874, 1983-1985, Collection Number 10736, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

Alternative Forms Available

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of this entire collection (3 PDFs) are available at

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Related Materials

Related Materials

There are no other known archival collections created by Samuel Chittenden at the date of processing. For more information about the Chittenden family, see:

Chittenden family papers, 1856-1930 [manuscript], System Number 000851119, Duke University Libraries, Durham, NC 27708

Acquisition Information

Acquisition Information

The photocopies were given to the American Heritage Center by Jack Rosenthal in 1992. The letters were purchased from the Jack Rosenthal Collection in 2001.

Processing Note

Processing Information

The collection was processed by D.C. Thompson in August 2001.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Railroads--United States--History.
  • Riots--Wyoming.

Corporate Names

  • Union Pacific Railroad Company--History.

Geographical Names

  • Fort Sanders (Wyo.)
  • Wyoming--History--To 1889.


  • Surveyors.