Thomas C. Wilson Papers – MS035

Thomas C. Wilson Papers – MS035

Provenance: Gift of the City of Portsmouth in 1980

Citation: Thomas C. Wilson Papers (MS035), Portsmouth Athenaeum

Size: 3 Hollinger Boxes (1.5 linear feet)

Access: Please consult archivist or keeper.

Scope and Content

The papers of Thomas C. Wilson are essentially those of a local historian, social figure, and researcher. They do not tell us more more of him beyond these categories. Wilson, who was said to be a specialist of the 1905 Treaty of Portsmouth which ended the Russo-Japanese War, was active in pursuit of Portsmouth’s history, particularly its military and naval history. There was also an interest in local church history. Wilson was a prodigious researcher and note-creator. This is documented time and again in both the Piscataqua History Club and the Subject Files.

Biographical Note

Thomas C. Wilson was born in San Francisco on May 26, 1907, son of Mabel Louise Cluff and stockbroker John Charles Wilson. He attended the Taft School, Watertown, Connecticut from 1921-1925, and in 1926 he attended Yale University as a member of the class of 1929. In 1930 he received a BA degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a member of the Undergraduate History Club and Phi Sigma Kappa. In 1932 he earned an MA in history from the University of Pennsylvania. Wilson was in the book business in Philadelphia from 1932-1934. From 1932-1936 he attended the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. He wrote and published ’Forty Years at Pennsylvania: A History of Mu Chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa and Its Members, 1900-1940’. In 1961, having moved to Portsmouth, he co-founded the Piscataqua History Club with Philip Sanderson and James B. Smith. He became a proprietor of the Portsmouth Athenaeum in 1973. Thomas Wilson died at age 73 in Portsmouth. He bequeathed $10,000 to the University of Pennsylvania.

See also: P1, the Thomas C. Wilson Photograph Collection, which was donated at the same time.

Series Description

Correspondence, 1907-1978 and n.d. (no date).
Letters received and copies of letters sent; arranged chronologically; Wilson’s drafts are at the end followed by no addresses and the remainder broken down by letter of last name.

Piscataqua History Club: 1813-1979 and n.d.
Correspondence, memos, essays, notes arranged alphabetically by topic.

Subject File: 1693-1973 and n.d.
Correspondence, memos, essays, and notes arranged alphabetically by subject; included are several original and/or transcripts of collected documents.

Printed material:
Newspaper clippings and article

Folder List

Box 1 FF01: Correspondence, 1940-August, 1964
Box 1 FF02: Correspondence, Sept., 1964- Dec., 1965
Box 1 FF03: Correspondence, 1966-1967
Box 1 FF04: Correspondence, 1968-1969
Box 1 FF05: Correspondence, 1970-May, 1972
Box 1 FF06: Correspondence, June, 1972-1973
Box 1 FF07: Correspondence, 1974-1978
Box 1 FF08: Correspondence, Wilson– drafts, no dates
Box 1 FF09: Correspondence, Wilson to New York Times, no dates
Box 1 FF10: Correspondence, Wilson, no dates, no addresses
Box 1 FF11: Correspondence, A-G, no dates
Box 1 FF12: Correspondence, M-O, no dates
Box 1 FF13: Correspondence, P-Z, no dates, and unidentified
Box 1 FF14: Piscataqua History Club– Admiral Dewey notes, n.d.
Box 1 FF15: Piscataqua History Club– American Library Service, 1966
Box 1 FF16: Piscataqua History Club– Armed Services Committee,
1965-1971 and n.d.
Box 1 FF17: Piscataqua History Club– Book list, no date
Box 1 FF18: Piscataqua History Club– Brooke, William H., no date
Box 1 FF19: Piscataqua History Club– Brown, Gerald, 1969 & n.d.
Box 1 FF20: Piscataqua History Club– Bulletins 1 & 2, n.d.
Box 1 FF21: Piscataqua History Club– Fort William & Mary, 1967 & nd
Box 1 FF22: Piscataqua History Club– Christian Science Church,
1971-1972 and no date
Box 1 FF23: Piscataqua History Club– Catholic Church, 1967-72 & nd
Box 1 FF24: Piscataqua History Club– Chronological File, 1813-1965
Box 1 FF25: Piscataqua History Club– Chronological File, 1966-1967
Box 1 FF26: Piscataqua History Club– Chronological File, 1968-1970
Box 1 FF27: Piscataqua History Club– Chronological File, 1971-1975
Box 1 FF28: Piscataqua History Club– Chronolocical File, nd & misc.
Box 1 FF29: Piscataqua History Club– Civil War Centennial,
Box 1 FF30: Piscataqua History Club– Covell, Stephen, 1971 & nd
Box 1 FF31: Piscataqua History Club– Domina, W.E., 1971, ”History
of the Naval Disciplinary Command”
Box 1 FF32: Piscataqua History Club– Feaster, John N., 1970
Box 1 FF33: Piscataqua History Club– Ferriter, Charles A., 1964 & nd
Box 1 FF34: Piscataqua History Club– First Congregational Church,
Kittery Point, 1970-1972 and no date
Box 1 FF35: Piscataqua History Club– Greek Orthodox Church, 1970
Box 1 FF36: Piscataqua History Club– Greenland, NH, no date
Box 1 FF37: Piscataqua History Club– Hansen, B.L., 1971
Box 1 FF38: Piscataqua History Club– Historical Associates, 1967-78
Box 1 FF39: Piscataqua History Club– History, no date
Box 1 FF40: Piscataqua History Club– Hopkins, Samuel V., 1964
Box 1 FF41: Piscataqua History Club– Hoxie, Wilbar M.,1971, ”Fort

Box 1 FF42: Piscataqua History Club– Jones, Frank, no date

Box 2 FF01: Piscataqua History Club– Kikuchi, K., 1970
Box 2 FF02: Piscataqua History Club– Kimball, John C., 1970
Box 2 FF03: Piscataqua History Club– Kittery and York, no year
Box 2 FF04: Piscataqua History Club– Kittery Hist. Society, 1968-72
Box 2 FF05: Piscataqua History Club– LaBrie, Rose, nd. ”St. John’s
Box 2 FF06: Piscataqua History Club–Lawson Family, 1968 & n.d.
Box 2 FF07: Piscataqua History Club– Lectures, list, no date
Box 2 FF08: Piscataqua History Club– McDonough, T. Joseph, 1968,
”History of Catholic Church”
Box 2 FF09: Piscataqua History Club– Meeting records, 1961-1968
Box 2 FF10: Piscataqua History Club– Meeting on old ships, no date
Box 2 FF11: Piscataqua History Club– Methodist Church, 1970-72, nd
Box 2 FF12: Piscataqua History Club– Mormon Church, 1966, by
Ina M. King
Box 2 FF13: Piscataqua History Club– Navy League, 1968-1969 & nd
Box 2 FF14: Piscataqua History Club– Navy Yard, 1963 and no date
Box 2 FF15: Piscataqua History Club– New Castle, 1973-74 & n.d.
Box 2 FF16: Piscataqua History Club– Parsons, Dorothy, 1970,
”Baptists in Portsmouth”
Box 2 FF17: Piscataqua History Club–Pierce, Commander, 1971,
”History of Design of Submarines”
Box 2 FF18: Piscataqua History Club– Wilson, Thomas, 1971,
”Walking Tour of Portsmouth”
Box 2 FF19: Piscataqua History Club– Printed items, 1905-1974
Box 2 FF20: Piscataqua History Club– Psaralexis, Lazarus, 1970,
”Greek Orthodox Church”
Box 2 FF21: Piscataqua History Club– Replica of Raleigh,1966-67, nd
Box 2 FF22: Piscataqua History Club– Renselaer Polytechnic Institute
Box 2 FF23: Piscataqua History Club– Rockingham Hotel, 1962 & nd
Box 2 FF24: Piscataqua History Club– Sanderson, Philip,1961-65, nd
Box 2 FF25: Piscataqua History Club– Screven Baptist Church, nd
Box 2 FF26: Piscataqua History Club– Shoals, Isles of, 1963 & nd
Box 2 FF27: Piscataqua History Club– South Church, 1970-72 & nd
Box 2 FF28: Piscataqua History Club– Submarines, 1963, 1968, & nd
Box 2 FF29: Piscataqua History Club– Tallman, Louise, ”Odiorne’s
Point”, 1973
Box 2 FF30: Piscataqua History Club– Temple Israel, 1968 & nd
Box 2 FF31: Piscataqua History Club– Trani, Eugene P., 1964-1969
Box 2 FF32: Piscataqua History Club– Warner, Davis, Mrs., 1967 & nd
Box 2 FF33: Piscataqua History Club– Whittier, Randall, Mrs., 1973
Box 2 FF34: Piscataqua History Club– Weiting, W.F. ”US Naval
Hospital #1, an Historical Overview”, 1971
Box 2 FF35: Piscataqua History Club– Guest Book, 1964-1979
Box 2 FF36: Piscataqua History Club– Guest Book, 1968-1974
Box 2 FF37: Piscataqua History Club– Guest Book, 1974

Box 2 FF38: Subject File– Caswell, Chester A., 1896-1962 & nd
Box 2 FF39: Subject File– Christ Church, 1963 and nd
Box 2 FF40: Subject File– Christ Church, History, by Henry Hovey, nd
Box 2 FF41: Subject File- Craig, Lawrence, Worship in Portsmouth nd
Box 2 FF42: Subject File– Document: Incorporaton of New Castle,
Box 2 FF43: Subject File– Document: Resignation of John C. Ogden
from Queen’s Chapel, 1792
Box 2 FF44: Subject File– Document: Muller to Whipple, 1802
Box 2 FF45: Subject File– Document: Rice, John, account, 1833
Box 2 FF46: Subject File– Document: Dermot, Jessie, poem, 1883
Box 2 FF47: Subject File– Document: Jones to Hutchinson, 1891
Box 2 FF48: Subject File– Document: Franklin Roosevelt, 1897-1910
Box 2 FF49: Subject File– Document: Sato to Hoehm, 1905
Box 2 FF50: Subject File– Document: S. Vitte (with copy), 1905
Box 2 FF51: Subject File– Adams, L.S. to board, 1915
Box 2 FF52: Subject File– Abbot, John essays, no date
Box 2 FF53: Subject File– Fort Constitution, 1969-1970 and no date
Box 2 FF54: Subject File– Kane, Paul L., album, 1938-1971 and n.d.
Box 2 FF55: Subject File– Lalley, Iola. Strawbery Banke sketch, 1965
Box 2 FF56: Subject File– Lord, Dorothy H., Nine lino prints, no date
Box 2 FF57: Subject File– Navy documents, 1885-1926 & n.d.
Box 2 FF58: Subject File– Navy Yard and ships, 1964 and n.d.
Box 2 FF59: Subject File– Peace of Portsmouth collection list, n.d.
Box 2 FF60: Subject File– Philip Sanderson collection list, n.d.
Box 2 FF61: Subject File– Philip Sanderson Collection notes, n.d.
Box 2 FF62: Subject File– Portsmouth, 21 drawings, n.d.
Box 2 FF63: Subject File– Portsmouth Air Force Base, 1956-7 & n.d.
Box 2 FF64: Subject File– Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, 1970
Box 2 FF65: Subject File– Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, no date
Box 2 FF66: Subject File– Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, ”Sculpin,
history of, SS191) no date
Box 2 FF67: Subject File– Submarine photographs, list of, 1971 & nd
Box 2 FF68: Subject File– Submarine photo correspondence, 1965-6
Box 2 FF69: Subject File– Treaty of Portsmouth, Asada, Sadao, 1960
Box 2 FF70: Subject File– Treaty of Portsmouth, Correspondence,
Box 2 FF71: Subject File– Treaty of Portsmouth. Wilson, Thomas C.:
”Profiles of Two Visitors, 1905”, draft
Box 3 FF01: Subject File– Treaty of Portsmouth correspondence re:,
Box 3 FF02: Subject File– Treaty of Portsmouth correspondence, n.d.
Box 3 FF03: Subject File– Treaty of Portsmouth correspondence by
Thomas Wilson, n.d.
Box 3 FF04: Subject File– Treaty of Portsmouth correspondence,
undated miscellaneous
Box 3 FF05: Subject File– Treaty of Portsmouth miscellaneous
Box 3 FF06: Subject File– Vitte, Sergei, memoirs, draft, pp. 1-99
Box 3 FF07: Subject File– Vitte, Sergei, memoirs, draft, pp.100-216
Box 3 FF08: Subject File– Vitte, Sergei, memoirs, draft, pp. 217-348
Box 3 FF09: Subject File– Vitte, Sergei, memoirs, draft, pp. 349-486
Box 3 FF10: Subject File– Vitte, Sergei, memoirs, draft, pp. 487-723
Box 3 FF11: Subject File– Vitte, Sergei, memoirs, draft, pp. 724-911
Box 3 FF12: Subject File– Vitte, Sergei, memoirs, draft, pp. 912-1125
Box 3 FF13: Subject File– Vitte, Sergei, memoirs, draft, p. 1136-1237
Box 3 FF14: Subject File– Vitte, Sergei, memoirs, appendix
Box 3 FF15: Subject File– Vitte, Sergei, memoirs, notes, n.d.
Box 3 FF16: Subject File– Vitte, Sergei, memoirs, notes, n.d.
Box 3 FF17: Subject File– Vitte, Sergei, movie script of his life, n.d.
Box 3 FF18: Subject File– Wentworth Hotel notes, n.d.
Box 3 FF19: Subject File– Williams, Martha Ann, thesis,1958-1959
Box 3 FF20: Subject File– Grand Daughter of Portsmouth, notes, nd
Box 3 FF21: Subject File– Cards, 1959-1973 and nd
Box 3 FF22: Subject File– Wilson, Thomas, essay notes, nd
Box 3 FF23: Subject File– Wilson, Thomas, miscellaneous notes, nd
Box 3 FF24: Subject File– Wilson, Thomas, Phi Sigma Kappa,
Mu Chapter, 1928-1940
Box 3 FF25: Subject File– Wilson, Thomas, stationary, no date

Box 3 FF26: Printed Material– News clippings re: activities of the
Piscataqua History Club
Box 3 FF27: Printed Material–Wilson, Thomas C. ”The Peace of
Portsmouth” in New Hampshire Profiles Magazine,
September, 1960
Box 3 FF28: Printed Material– Wilson, Thomas C. ”Forty Years at
Pennsylvania: A History of the Mu Chapter of Phi Sigma
Kappa and Its Members 1900-1940”. Phila : 1940.

Box 4: Library Index and Wentworth-by-the-Sea Visitor Index