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Bowen Family Papers, 1774-1986

Collection of manuscripts from the Bowen family of Roseland Cottage in Woodstock, Connecticut

Group photograph with President McKinley
Group portrait of the Bowen family with President McKinley, July 4, 1891.


The Bowen family papers document the lives of multiple generations of this Woodstock, Connecticut, family. The most significant papers belong to Henry Chandler Bowen (1813-1896), an influential anti-slavery supporter, member of Henry Ward Beecher's Plymouth [Congregational] Church in Brooklyn, New York, early supporter of Abraham Lincoln and the Republican party, and publisher of The Independent. Of particular interest are materials that document the design and construction of Bowen's summer home, Roseland Cottage.

This collection contains:

  • Financial records
  • Legal documents
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Genealogical research
  • Photographs
  • Architectural plans
  • Printed material

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Group photograph with President Harrison
A photograph of the Roseland Cottage Fourth of July celebration with President Harrison, 1889. Henry C. Bowen is largely credited with rejuvenating the celebration of this patriotic holiday.
Design for Roseland Cottage
Perspective renderings and floor plans by architect Joseph Collins Wells for Roseland Cottage.
Contract for the construction of a house and barn for Henry C. Bowen, October 30, 1845, signed by Henry Chandler Bowen and Samuel Underwood.
Invitation to meet President Harrison
An invitation to meet President Harrison at Roseland Park on July 4, 1889.
Receipt for hedges
A receipt for hedges purchased by Henry C. Bowen from Paris Henry A. Dyer in November 1850.
An invitation to the July Fourth celebration at Roseland Park, 1891.
Bowen Family Papers, 1774-1986