TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Biographical Note

Scope and Content

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Bibliography

Container List

Series 1. Correspondence 1903-1944

Series 2. Subject Files 1924-1943

Series 3. Writings 1933-1936, undated

Series 4. Maps 1892-1935, undated

Restricted 1928


RG 069:100, Mathias Spiess Papers

Inventory

Finding aid prepared by Max Otte.

Copyright © 2012 by the Connecticut State Library


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Spiess, Mathias
Title: Mathias Spiess papers
Dates: 1892-1944
Quantity: 1.25 cubic feet
Abstract: The papers consist of material pertaining to Mathias Spiess who was an amateur historian with an interest in Connecticut Indians and the town of Manchester. Spiess in 1936 served as a Republican selectman and in 1937 and 1938 was a police commissioner for the town of Manchester. Included in the papers are correspondence, subject files, writings, and maps.
Identification: RG069_100
Accession: T001618
Language: The records are predominately in English; materials in German are indicated at the file level.

Biographical Note

Mathias Spiess was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1873, the son of William and Mary Spiess. He first came to Manchester in 1896, settling there permanently in 1903 after his marriage to Fredericka Haas Spiess.

After retiring as a tobacco broker, Spiess devoted his energies to his activities as an historian. In 1924 he co-authored a history of the town of Manchester. He was also known as a writer of the history of Indian tribes in Connecticut. He authored many publications on Indians, including a monograph published by the Connecticut Tercentenary Commission.

Spiess also devoted his energies to civic activities as well. After World War I he aided the fund drive for the erection of the Manchester Memorial Hospital. In 1936 he served as a Republican selectman, and in 1937 and 1938 he was a police commissioner for the town of Manchester. During World War II he headed the Manchester War Records Committee.

Spiess died on December 19, 1959, at the age of 86, three years after the death of his wife.

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Scope and Content

The papers were arranged into five series. The series include Correspondence, Subject Files, Writings, Maps and Restricted.

Series 1. Correspondence, 1903-1944, include correspondence to and from Mathias Spiess on matters dealing with archaeology, Native American history, local history, and politics.

Series 2. Subject Files, 1924-1943, consists of various subjects such as Indian affairs, Connecticut Tercentennary, genealogy, and legal documents. Miscellaneous folder consists of illegible postcards and Manchester Board of Police Commissioners Stationary.

Series 3. Writings, 1933-1936, include the speeches and writings of Mathias Spiess. Topics include "What an Agnostic Believes" and the beliefs of Connecticut Indians.

Series 4. Maps, 1892-1935, consists of seven maps all of Conneticut. Two maps are hand drawn and show Mt. Tom and East Haddam. Another gives the location of indian trails.

Series 5. Restricted, 1928

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Arrangement

Series 1. Correspondence, 1903-1944

Series 2. Subject Files, 1924-1943

Series 3. Writings, 1933-1936, undated

Series 4. Maps, 1892-1935, undated

Series 5. Restricted, 1928

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

See the Rules and Procedures for Researchers Using Archival Records and Secured Collections policy.

Restrictions on Use

See the Reproduction and Publications of State Library Collections policy.

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Related Material

None.

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Index Terms

Subjects:

Connecticut Tercentenary Commission (1935)
Connecticut--History
Indians of North America--Connecticut
Manchester (Conn.)--History

Places:

Hartford (Conn.)
Manchester (Conn.)

Persons:

Carver, George Washington, 1864?-1943
Spiess, Mathias, 1873-1959

Document Types:

Clippings
Correspondence
Legal Documents
Maps
Publications
Reports

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Administrative Information

Provenance

The Mathias Spiess Papers were donated by Mr. Everett Fish to the State Library in June 1982.

Processing Information

Max Otte processed the papers in February-March, 2012 (Allen Ramsey supervised)

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Bibliography

Books

National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Connecticut. Connecticut circa 1625, its Indian trails, villages and sachendoms, published by the Connecticut society of the colonial dames of America, inc., from data collected by Mathias Spiess; edited by Elinor H. Bulkeley Ingersoll. Wethersfield, CT, 1934. [CSL call number E78.C7 N26]

Spiess, Mathias and Percy W. Bidwell. History of Manchester, Connecticut. South Manchester, CT: Centennial Committee of the Town of Manchester, 1924. [CSL call number F104.M18 S7]

Pamphlets

Spiess, Mathias. The Indians of Connecticut. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1933. [CSL call number T271h p v.2 nos.16-30 1933- 1934]

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Container List

Series 1. Correspondence, 1903-1944
Box Folder
Archeological, 1935-1944 1 1
Ayers, Harral, 1935-1936 2
B, 1923-1944 3
C, 1903-1939 4
Cadwell, Harold, 1938 5
Carver, George Washington, 1938 6
Cheney, 1930-1934 7
Cheney, Horace, 1930-1931 8
Connecticut Historical Society, 1920-1943 9
Connecticut State Library, 1920-1943 10
Connecticut Tercentenary Commission, 1934-1935 11
D, 1933-1939 12
E-F, 1928-1944 13
G-H, 1920-1943 14
Hale, C. Wesley, 1933-1942 15
J, 1920-1938 16
K, 1932-1938 17
L, 1913-1939 18
M, 1915-1944 19
Manchester Chamber of Commerce, 1930-1937 20
Manchester Evening Herald, 1917-1938 21
Manchester Selectmen, 1914-1938 22
Markus, Emil, 1936 23
Mills, Lewis S., 1930-1936 24
N-O, 1916-1938 25
P, 1930-1943 26
R, 1930-1936 27
S, 1931-1940 28
Silver Star, Sachem (Grand Chief), 1932-1934 29
Spiess, 1917-1942 30
T, 1931-1937 31
Tantaquidgeon, Gladys (Mohegan Tribe), 1921-1931 32
U-W, 1924-1942 33
Whiton Memorial Library, 1942-1943 34
Y, 1934-1935 35
Series 2. Subject Files, 1924-1943
Box Folder
American Indian Federation, 1932-1934 2 1
Connecticut Tercentenary, 1934-1935 2
Clippings, 1933-1941 3
Drawings/Pictures, undated 4
Geneology, 1930-1943 5
Some documents are in German
Indian history, 1934, undated 6
Legal documents, 1924-1931 7
Manchester Centennial, 1923 8
Miscellaneous, 1936, undated 9
Publications, undated 10
Solicitations, undated 11
Series 3. Writings, 1933-1936, undated
Box Folder
Writings, 1933-1936, undated 2 12-14
Series 4. Maps, 1892-1935, undated
State of Connecticut. Map of Western Connecticut, 1932, 1 map Oversized Map Case
Map of East Hartford/Manchester, undated, 1 map
Hand Drawn Map of Mt. Tom, undated, 1 map
1 inch = 400 feet
Hand Drawn Map of Mt. Tom/East Haddam, undated, 1 map
Prepared by H.R. Fitch for Bowers' Manchester Directory. Map of the Town of Manchester, 1892, 1 map
Prepared by Richard Foster Flint. State of Connecticut, State Geological and Natural History Survey, W.E. Britton, Superintendent, Map Showing the Glacial Geography of Connecticut, 1930, 1 map
Map of Indian Trails with cover letter, 1935, 1 map
Restricted, 1928
Box Folder
Correspondence
Restricted, 1928 3 1