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Peter Smith Collection

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Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 8 Mar 2017

Biographical History

Peter Gerrit Smith (1768-1837), landowner and father of reformer Gerrit Smith, was a man of significant influence during the first quarter of the nineteenth century in Madison County, New York, where he was active in business, politics, and land transactions, and owner of a large portion of the central and northern sections of the country. In some of his ventures he was the partner of John Jacob Astor. The town of Peterboro, New York is named for him.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Peter Smith Collection consists of one letter, from Peter Smith to A. G. Mappa concerning a possible visit to Oldenbarnevelt, Holland.

Arrangement of the Collection

Single item.


Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has numerous other collections relating to Peter Smith, Gerrit Smith, and other members of the Smith family. Please search our collections to locate related material.

Subject Headings


Mappa, Adam GeĢrard, 1754-1828.
Smith, Peter, 1768-1837.


New York (State) -- History.

Genres and Forms


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Peter Smith Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 2016.

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