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Descriptive Summary

Administrative Information

Biographical Note

Scope & Content Note

Organization & Arrangement

Index Terms

Related Items

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Series Arrangement & Description

Series 1: Correspondence

Series 2: Genealogy

Series 3: Photographs

Series 4: Realia

Series 5: Ephemera

Series 6: Published Material

Container Listing
Plainfield Public Library

Trask Family Collection [c. 1843-1988, with gaps]

Trask
Edwin, Joseph, and Frederick Trask, circa 1850-1855.

Collection processed by Debra Schiff in April 2013.
Finding aid prepared by Debra Schiff and encoded by Sarah Hull in 2013.


Descriptive Summary

Title: Trask Family Collection, c. 1843 to 1988  (with gaps)
Creator: Trask family members
Accessions: PPL-2012-060
Size: Approximately 2 linear feet
Comprised of 3 boxes
Repository: Plainfield Public Library, Local History Department, 800 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060
Abstract: The Trask Family Collection, spanning c. 1843-1988, contains mainly early photographs of family members and genealogical research. This small collection provides researchers with detailed family lines tracing back to Captain William Trask (1587-1666), a Massachusetts Minuteman. The daguerreotypes, tintypes, and cabinet cards are high-quality images that capture the appearance and dress of the family members during the mid-to-late 19th century.
Language: The records are in English and German fraktur.

Administrative Information
Access & Restrictions

TheTrask Family Collection is available for research.

Access is restricted to materials prepared by the Local History department staff. All materials must be viewed in the Plainfield Room and may not be removed to another area of the library without permission of the Library Director or designee. Materials must be handled carefully and kept in order. Materials must not be leaned upon, altered, folded, ripped, or traced upon. Marks may not be added or erased from materials. Materials must be returned directly to Local History department staff and inspected before the researcher leaves the Plainfield Room.

One photocopy may be made (by Plainfield Public Library staff) of each document for the purpose of research; official Local History departmental reproduction fees may apply. Permission to publish must be obtained by the Plainfield Public Library Board of Trustees as delegated to the Library Director. Permission to publish does not constitute a copyright clearance. The researcher is responsible for further copyright restrictions. The Plainfield Public Library is not responsible for the misuse of copyrighted material.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item; Date (if noted); “Trask Family Collection,” Box and Folder Number; Local History Department, Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield, New Jersey.

Acquisition Information

The Kossowicz family donated the collection to the library in 2012.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2013 by Debra Schiff. Finding aid content follows the guidelines suggested by Describing Archives: A Content Standard.

 

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Biographical Note

The family descended from Captain William Trask (1587-1666), a Minuteman and one of the earliest military commanders in Massachusetts. His son John Trask (1642-1720) married Hannah Osborne, who bore seven children, one of whom was Samuel Trask (1720-1790). The Trask family line can be traced to Plainfield via Rev. William Alexander Holliday (1842-1927), who married Alice T. Trask in 1907. Rev. Holliday resided at 698 West 7th Street.

Source: Taken from the genealogical materials contained in the collection.

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Scope and Content Note

The Trask Family Collection spans the time period from circa 1843 to 1988. It includes family records predominately pertaining to genealogy. Types of materials within the collection include Bibles, correspondence, genealogical research, manuscripts, photographs, ephemera, programs, and a magazine. Additionally, there is a set of upper dentures in the collection.

Records are in varying conditions. The collection fills three boxes of varied sizes, one of which is oversized.

 

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Organization and Arrangement

TheTrask Family Collection is arranged in six series:

Series 1: Correspondence
Series 2: Genealogy   
Series 3: Photographs
Series 4: Realia
Series 5: Ephemera
Series 6: Published Material

 

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Index Terms

People:

Cutting, Henry L.
Enos, Elsa A.
Kelley, Elisha
Holliday, Alice T.
Holliday, Marie A.
Holliday, William A.
Holman, Hettie L.
Marquand, Hetty
Marquand, Isaac
Putnam, John
Trask, Abbie J.
Trask, Amelia
Trask, David
Trask, Edward
Trask, Edwin
Trask, Frederick
Trask, John
Trask, Joseph
Trask, Laura
Trask, Louisa
Trask, Mary Upham
Trask, Mehitable D.
Trask, Samuel
Trask, William
Washburn, Adeline
Washburn, Delphos

Organizations:

Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.)

Places:

Plainfield (N.J.)
Salem (Mass.)
Worcester (Mass.)

Subjects:

Plainfield (N.J.)--Genealogy
Plainfield (N.J.)--History


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Related Items

No related items.

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This collection consists of materials that do not require any additional technology for access. Some of the materials are quite fragile and require the assistance of library staff for viewing.

Use of the collection is by appointment only.

 

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Series Description
Series 1: Correspondence [1885, 1988, undated]

Series Arrangement

Series 1 is arranged chronologically, and is housed in Box 1.

Description

Series 1 contains a small amount of non-genealogical, general correspondence.  

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Series 2: Genealogy [1890-1953 (with gaps), undated]

Series Arrangement

Series 2 is arranged alphabetically, then chronologically. It is housed in Box 1.

Description

Series 2 comprises Trask family genealogy research notes, an extensive genealogical chart, and family trees.  

 

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Series 3: Visual Materials [c.1843-1887 (with gaps), undated

Series Arrangement

Series 3 is primarily arranged by type and size. It is housed in Box 2 and Box 3.

Description

Series 3 contains daguerreotypes, cabinet cards, early prints, and tintypes. Some of the images date to the earliest days of commercial photography in the mid-19th century. The majority of the images are of family members.

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Series 4: Realia [undated]

Series Arrangement

Series 4 is housed in Box 2.

Description

Series 4 contains a set of upper dentures.

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Series 5: Ephemera [1869-1898 (with gaps), undated]

Series Arrangement

Series 5 is arranged alphabetically and housed in Box 1.

Description

Series 5 includes materials removed from Hettie L. Holman’s 1869 Bible and Abbie J. Trask’s Book of Psalms, tourism pamphlets, and a dance card from 1898.

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Series 6: Published Material [1893-1895]

Series Arrangement

Series 6 is arranged alphabetically by title. It is housed in Boxes 1 and 2.

Description

Series 6 comprises program books from the World’s Columbian Exposition from 1893, a copy of The “Standard” Delineator  (a women’s fashion magazine) from 1895, and a copy of the 1893-1894 issue of Velhagen & Klasings Monatshefte. Additionally, there are two religious works from 1869; a Bible belonging to Hettie Holman, and a Book of Psalms belonging to Abbie J. Trask.

 

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Container Listing

Box

Series

Folder

Title

Date

1

1

1

Correspondence 

1885, 1988

1

2

2

Genealogy, Genealogical chart of the Trask Family

1890-1893

1

2

3

Genealogy, notes removed from pansy wallet

1921, undated

1

2

4

Genealogy, notes removed from binder

1950, 1953, undated

1

2

5

Genealogy, Trask, Abbie J., Putnam genealogy journal

undated

1

2

6

Genealogy, Trask, Abbie J., Putnam genealogy journal, items removed from journal

undated

1

2

7

Genealogy, pansy wallet

undated

1

2

8

Genealogy, binder

undated

1

2

9

Genealogy, journal cover

undated

1

5

10

Ephemera, dance card

1898

1

5

11

Ephemera, Holman, Hettie L., items removed from Bible

1869

1

5

12

Ephemera, Maine tourism pamphlets

Undated

1

5

13

Ephemera, Trask, Abbie J., items removed from Book of Psalms

1869

1

6

14

Certificate, Woman’s Boards of Missions, “The Covenant”

1891

1

6

15

Published Material, The “Standard” Delineator

1895

1

6

16

Published Material, Velhagen & Klasings Monatshefte

1893-1894

1

6

17

Published Material, World’s Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts

1893

1

6

18

Published Material, World’s Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts

1893

2

3

Photographs, Washburn, Delphos

c. 1843-1848

2

3

 

Photographs, Female Child

c. 1843-1848

2

3

 

Photographs, Trask, Laura and Eddie

c. 1843-1855

2

3

 

Photographs, Holliday, Marie A.

c. 1843-1848

2

3

 

Photographs, The Hurd Family; Ellen, Frances, Albert, Abbie, and Julia Hurd

c. 1843-1848

2

3

 

Photographs, Mr. & Mrs. Fred Woodward, Trask, Louisa

c. 1843-1848

2

3

 

Photographs, Washburn, Adeline Amelia Trask

c. 1843-1855

2

3

 

Photographs, Merriam, Jane Trask

c. 1843-1855

2

3

 

Photographs, Washburn, Adeline Amelia Trask

c. 1843-1855

2

3

 

Photographs, Trask, Edwin, Joseph, and Frederick

c. 1850-1855

2

3

 

Photographs, “Hettie”

c. 1843-1848

2

3

 

Photographs, Trask, Edward

c. 1850-1855

2

3

 

Photographs, Trask, Mary Upham

c. 1850-1855

2

3

 

Photographs, Trask, J.M.

c. 1850-1855

2

3

 

Photographs, Holliday, Marie A.

c. 1843-1848

2

4

 

Upper dentures

Undated

3

3

 

Photographs, Female Child in Hat and Cape

c. 1884-1900

3

3

 

Photographs, Trask, Luther Asa Alarison

c. 1890-1910

3

3

 

Photographs, Portrait of Woman

c. 1860-1865

3

3

 

Photographs, House at 698 W 7th Street, Plainfield

2012

3

3

 

Photographs, House, Hettie; Hurd, “Grandpa”

Undated

3

3

 

Photographs, Portrait of Woman

Undated

 

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