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Finding Aid for the War of 1812 Papers, 1810-1953 (bulk 1812-1875)

Mss. B00-15

Buffalo History Museum. Research Library

1 Museum Court
Buffalo, NY 14216
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Fax: 716-873-8754
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Finding aid prepared by Peter Nelson.
Finding aid encoded in EAD by Karen Morse, March 2008.
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid prepared using local best practices.

Funding for the initial encoding was provided through the Regional Bibliographic Databases Program administered by the Western New York Library Resources Council.

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Collection Overview

Title: War of 1812 Papers, 1810-1953 (bulk 1812-1875)
Creator: Buffalo History Museum. Research Library
Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear foot)
Language of Material: Collection material in English.
Repository: Buffalo History Museum.Research Library
Abstract: Papers pertaining to the War of 1812.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Mss. B00-15, War of 1812 Papers, 1810-1953 (bulk 1812-1875), Research Library, Buffalo History Museum.

Acquisition Information

The manuscripts in this collection were acquired or received by the Buffalo History Museum from many sources between 1865 and 1953. Provenance information for most items has been lost, but whenever possible, items of like provenance have been kept together. The series groupings outlined below reflect subjects or types of documents.

Terms of Access

The War of 1812 Papers are open for research.


Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the Buffalo History Museum before publishing quotations from materials in the collection.

Processing Information

Collection reprocessed and retroconverted by Peter Nelson, November 1992.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Historical Note

Located close to the U.S./Canadian border, Buffalo's role in the War of 1812 is historically significant to the Western New York area.

Scope and Content Note

General orders, proclamations, newspaper reports and letters concerning military campaigns, including papers of Maj. John G. Camp; letterbook of Sir Phineas Riall, 1813-1814; minutes and subscription lists, 1814, of the Committee of Safety and Relief at Canandaigua, and other documents of property losses on the Niagara Frontier; rough draft of a treaty arranging for indemnification for slaves and property seized by British forces, 1822; military commissions and papers related to bounty and pension claims of soldiers and their descendants, 1810-1934; an account of Buffalo's role in the War of 1812 by Laila F. Culbertson, 1899; and ms. catalogs, bibliographies, and an inventory of the A. Conger Goodyear War of 1812 collection.

Container List

Box-folder Contents
1.1 Military activities, 1812-1925, undated

(Includes letters, lists of provisions, commissions, newspaper articles, and reminiscences on various campaigns in the war)

1.2 Letters of Sir Phineas Riall, copied by his secretary, 1813-1814
(Bound volume)
1.3 General orders, proclamations, and letters, 1813-1835, undated
1.4 Major John G. Camp papers (including papers of Jonathan Davis, Robert Haven, Daniel Stanton and Nathan Stoddard), 1811-1912
1.6 Rough draft of treaty arranging for indemnification for slaves and private property stolen by British forces, agreed to by Henry Middleton (Minister Plenipotentiary to Russia) and Sir C. Bagot (British Ambassador to Russia), 1 June 1822
Box-folder Contents
1.6 War losses, claims and payments (including papers of the Committee of Safety and Relief at Canandaigua), 1814-1842
1.7 Itemized lists of losses of Niagara Frontier war victims, undated
(typed transcripts of originals)
1.8 Committee of Safety and Relief at Canandaigua: contribution and subscription lists, 1814
1.9 Committee of Safety and Relief at Canandaigua: minute book, list of sufferers and relief records, 1814
1.10 Manuscripts related to losses on the Niagara Frontier, 1813-1819
1.11 Letters describing conditions on the Niagara Frontier, 1814
Box-folder Contents
2.1 Commission, bounties, pensions, 1810-1934
Box-folder Contents
2.2 Läila F. Culbertson, “Buffalo in the War of 1812”: reminiscence, read before the Graduates' Association, 10 November 1899
2.3 ALS, Louis Knapp (Buffalo) to Frank H. Severance (Buffalo), re: site of War 1812 mortar found at Massachusetts St. 19 Jan. 1901,
2.4 William Banker, Jr.: “The Battle of Queenstown” (poem); “ Prodigal Daughter; &c.” (broadside verses ), undated
2.5 Catalogs and bibliographies of War of 1812 materials, circa 1938
2.6 Catalogs and bibliographies of War of 1812 materials, circa 1938

Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Library's online catalog.


Camp, John G.
Committee of Safety and Relief at Canandaigua (N.Y.)
Culbertson, Laila F.
Riall, Phineas, Sir, 1775-1850

Subject Terms

Military Pensions
United States--History--War of 1812
United States--History--War of 1812--Reparations

Genre Terms

Military commissions