WOLCOTT, Oliver, 1726-1797


Guide to Research Collections

Connecticut Historical Society
Hartford, CT
Papers: 1638-1834, 4 boxes.
The papers of Oliver Wolcott contain correspondence relating to the Continental Congress, negotiations for a treaty with the Six Nations between 1784 and 1786, an account of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, a list of cartridges made from the statue of King George III, records of exchanges of prisoners of war and payments for espionage services; correspondents include Chauncey Goodrich, Samuel Holden Parsons, Israel Putnam, Roger Sherman, Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., Andrew Ward and George Washington.

Papers: In the William Judd Papers, 1786-1797, 1 folder.
The papers contain a includes a Connecticut Land Company share in the Connecticut Western Reserve and a deposition from Oliver Wolcott about title to the Susquehannah lands.

Papers: In the Jonathan Trumbull Papers, 1753-1832, 5 volumes.
Correspondents include Oliver Wolcott.

Papers: In the Roger Wolcott Papers, 1631-1889, 3 boxes.
Correspondents include Oliver Wolcott.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the William Vans Murray Papers, ca. 1778-1805, 1 linear foot.
Correspondents include Oliver Wolcott.

Papers: In the Wadsworth and Putnam Family Papers, ca. 1704-1837, 157 items.
Correspondents include Oliver Wolcott.

Microfilm: In the Oliver Wolcott Papers, ca. 1759-1837, approximately 10,000 items.
Correspondents include Oliver Wolcott. The papers are copies of originals at the Connecticut Historical Society. A finding aid is available in the library.


Massachusetts Historical Society
Boston, MA
Papers: In the Huntington-Wolcott Papers, ca. 1698-1911, 3 boxes, 2 volumes, and 2 folders.
Correspondents include Oliver Wolcott.

Papers: In the Speeches at a Meeting with the Sachems of the Six Nations, 1775, 2 folders.
Other authors include Oliver Wolcott.


University of Virginia
The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: 1776, 2 items.
A letter from Oliver Wolcott to Roger Newberry written on June 4, 1776. In the letter, Oliver Wolcott writes that he is happy to receive Roger Newberry’s report that the “People seem determined in supporting the Mighty Cause upon the Decision of which the Fate of this and future Generations depend.” He continues with comments on the high wages paid Southern officers; indulgent treatment of prisoners; [William] Smith’s unjust maligning of [Roger] Enos who was honorably acquitted in a court-martial, the projected invasion of Canada that has necessitated the calling of militia; and the unreasonable requisition of 5500 militia from Connecticut to provide for the defense of the middle colonies which has been recommended by Washington, Gates and Mifflin. He will not censure the troop call up though he does not think Connecticut can provide that many men, though they might raise that much for their own defense. He concludes by describing the current situation in Old Testament terms and sends regards to family and friends. A postscript notes “in a few days an Adress to the Colonies will be published.” An engraving of Oliver Wolcott accompanies the letter.