The Wright papers are a collection of over 600 documents held by David F. Wright of Chelsea, Quebec (see note below). They are concerned primarily with the business affairs of Philemon Wright (1760-1839) and his son Ruggles Wright (1793-1863) and include land transfers, court documents, collections letters, ledgers, wills, family correspondence, etc. in their original, handwritten format.
The documents, some containing multiple items, were catalogued by Pat Evans in 1994-1996. The catalogue consists of a detailed description of each document. It was done in hand writing and split into Catalogue A and B and includes a genealogical supplement. Pat Evans also compiled the list of names from Wright's business affairs used as the main index.
The digitization of these documents and catalogues were done in 2015-2016. See The Wright Papers Digitizing Project for additional information on the documents including naming conventions and special cases.
The 100 pages of catalogue and 50 pages of indexes (names) were transcribed in 2017 and posted here as searchable text. The names in the Index link to the related catalogue items which has a link to the scanned document. Note that the documents are viewed in pdf format with file sizes of 2-4MB (some much larger).
|Index to Wright Papers – select or search for names in the main index|
|Catalogue A and Catalogue B – view and search descriptions of the documents|
Catalogues and indexes
The following are the catalogues and Indexes written by Pat Evans scanned in pdf format.
|Catalogue A, pages 1 - 24 (pdf 49K)|
|Catalogue A, pages 25 - 36 (pdf 25K|
|Catalogue A, pages 37 - 57 (pdf 42K)|
|Catalogue A, pages 58 - 443 (end) and Genealogical catalogue (pdf 44K)|
|Catalogue A index (pdf 63K)|
|Catalogue B (page 39 is repeated) (pdf 140K)|
|Catalogue B index (pdf 217K)|
Note. In 2016, The GVHS obtained a License Agreement from David Wright to make digital copies of the original documents in his possession and to use the digital copies on its website. All rights, title and interest in the material, including without limitations, any copyright, remain with the donor, David F. Wright.