Inventory of the Eleanor Bissell Papers, 1738-1958

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Inventory of the Eleanor Bissell Papers, 1738-1958

The Huntington Library



San Marino, California

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Department
  • The Huntington Library
  • 1151 Oxford Road
  • San Marino, California 91108
  • Phone: (626) 405-2203
  • Fax: (626) 449-5720
  • Email: lgarcia@huntington.org
  • URL: http://www.huntington.org/huntingtonlibrary.aspx?id=554
Processed by:
The Huntington Library staff
Date Completed:
Oct. 1976
© 2000 The Huntington Library. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Eleanor Bissell Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1738-1958
Creator: Bissell, Eleanor
Extent: ca. 160 pieces
Repository: The Huntington Library
San Marino, California 91108
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Provenance

The material was acquired from the estate of Eleanor Bissell through the Courtesy of the Pasadena Art Museum, August 2, 1963.

Access

Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information please go to following URL .

Publication Rights

In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Eleanor Bissell Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Biography

Eleanor Bissell was born c.1870 in Winsor, Connecticut, the daughter of Thomas H. Bissell, banker and land owner. About 1924 she moved to Pasadena where she was active in prominent, social groups until her death c.1962.
Eleanor's one volume guest book (1933-1958), a letter addressed to George Miller, and three colored slides of her rose garden are the only pieces representative of her Pasadena period. An autograph album (c.1862-1865) and a diary (1893-1895) in which she records some of her Smith College days are the only other pieces related to Eleanor.

Scope and Content

All of the other items in the collection pertain to relatives. There are 45 letters addressed to Miss Bissell's grandparents and great grandfather, Timothy Mills during the period 1783-1848. Usually the letters are written by other Connecticut residents. The c.103 pieces relating to the Connecticut family business include about 41 quit-claim deeds, 25 promissory notes, 13 receipts, and 7 bills of sale etc. during 1738-1836. There is also one account book (1797), five genealogical items, and 18 family photographs (c.1860-1925).

Arrangement

The material is arranged according to the outline indicated in the above description. Although uncatalogued, the papers are available. There is a Summary report.