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Richard H. Patchin Papers

Identifier: 01/Mss. Acc. 2008.57, 2009.194, 2010.406

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Scope and Contents

Papers of Richard H. Patchin of Marlborough, Ulster County, N.Y., who was a teacher, clothing sales clerk, farmer and public lecturer.

Largely includes accounts of Patchin’s daily activities and personal reflections.  Correspondence and professional documents also make up a portion of the collection.  The materials document Patchin’s work as a teacher, farmer, clothing sales clerk, and lecturer in and around Marlborough, New York during the mid and late 19th century.  The documents also address religion, relationships, business activities, and personal aspirations.  Some of Patchin's writings suggest that he had periods of mental instability that appear to have increased with age.


Acc. 2009.194 consist of 0.05 cu. ft. of papers, 1860-1879. Included are documents relating to his teaching, a receipt and notes on his financial situation and troubles, as well as miscellaneous writings on a variety of topics.

Several pages of notes are written on the back of broadsides advertising two of his public lectures, titled 'The Characteristics for the Highest Human Happiness' and 'The Element for Success in Business' - both undated.

Acc. 2010.406 consists of 0.05 cu.ft. of papers, circa 1866-1888. Included are writings and notes on a variety of topics, as well as accounts.


  • Creation: 1829-1902
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1860-1890


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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

Richard H. Patchin of Marlborough, Ulster County, N.Y., was a teacher, clothing sales clerk, farmer and public lecturer. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


2.00 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

Acc. 2008.057: The materials (1.4 cu. ft.) are arranged in nine series: Personal Writings, Correspondence, Teaching, Business, Poetry and Lyrics, Public Lectures, Miscellaneous Materials, Bound Volumes, and Photographs.

Additions are not fully processed yet and are filed at the end of the collection in accession number order.

Acquisition Information:

Acc. 2008.057 Purchase. Acc. 2009.194 was purchased in March 2009. Acc. 2010.406 is a gift and was received in July 2010.

Physical Description

4 boxes

Processing Information:

Acc. 2008.057 processed and described by Sarah Dorpinghaus in July 2008. Acc. 2009.194 accessioned and described in May 2009 by Ute Schechter. Acc. 2010.406 accessioned and described in July 2010 by Ute Schechter.

Guide to the Richard H. Patchin Papers
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository