A Guide to the Ovid T. Simmons Letterbook, 1862-1864 Simmons, Ovid T., Letterbook Ms2008-082

A Guide to the Ovid T. Simmons Letterbook, 1862-1864

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2008-082


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Processed by: Jennifer Vipperman, Special Collections Staff

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2008-082
Title
Ovid T. Simmons Letter Book, 1862-1864
Physical Characteristics
1 Folder; 0.2 cu. ft.
Creator
Ovid T. Simmons
Language
English
Abstract
The Ovid T. Simmons Letter book is a bound book of letters written by Simmons during the Civil War. Ovid Simmons served as manager of the Ulster Iron Works in Saugerties, New York and there are many letters concerning the business dealings of the Iron Works. The subjects of other letters range from the purchase of a boat to marital problems. There are several letters about or written by Ovid Simmons's father, John Simmons, who also worked as manager at the Ulster Iron Works and developed the double puddling, hoop making, and cold-rolling processes.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Ovid T. Simmons Letter Book must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Ovid T. Simmons Letter Book, Ms2008-082, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Ovid T. Simmons Letter Book was purchased by Special Collections in 1994.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement and description of the Ovid T. Simmons Letter Book was completed in December 2008.

Biographical Information

Ovid Topham Simmons worked as the manager of the Ulster Iron Works in Saugerties, NY. Ovid was the son of John Simmons of Deepfeild; Staffordshire, England. John Simmons was hired by Henry Barclay in 1882 to manage the Ulster Iron Works; there he developed the double puddling, hoop making, and cold-rolling processes. Ovid was married to Eva Loretta Schoonmaker and they had a daughter, Emma Campbell Simmons.

Scope and Content

The collection is made up of a letter book containing the letters of Ovid T. Simmons of Saugerties, NY. The letters are related to the business of Ovid T. Simmons during the Civil War. Many of the letters originate from the Ulster Iron Works in Saugerties, NY, where Ovid Simmons worked as manager. Simmons writes about everything from problems with his wife to labor issues. Some of the letters were written by John Simmons, Ovid's father.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by material type.

Index Terms

    Persons:

  • Simmons, John
  • Subjects:

  • Civil War
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Contents List

Folder 1
Ovid T. Simmons Letter Book, 1862-1864