M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives


Finding Aid for the
William Titus Papers, 1828-1914, Bulk Dates: 1837-1877


Finding Aid Compiled by
Julia Hughes
March 2009

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M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives 
University Libraries / University at Albany / State University of New York 
1400 Washington Avenue / Albany, New York 12222 / (518) 437-3935

VOLUME: .2 cubic ft.

ACQUISITION: All items in this manuscript group were transferred to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, in 1970 from Knoblauch’s.

ACCESS: Access to this record group is unrestricted.

COPYRIGHT: Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the head of Special Collections and Archives.

William Titus Papers
Biographical Sketch

William Titus Esq. was born in Sempronius, N.Y. in 1803. Titus served many roles in the Cayuga County region, both as a businessman and public servant. He acted as warden of Auburn Prison from 1852 to 1854. He also worked as postmaster of Hannibal Centre, N.Y. and Auburn, N.Y. Titus was active in politics in Cayuga County and served as a New York State Assemblyman in 1845. Politically, he was known as a Barnburner Democrat. He owned two mills: one in Hannibal Centre, N.Y. and the other in Moravia, N.Y. He was also an officer of the Southern Central Railroad.

William Titus Papers
Scope and Content Note

The papers of William Titus, Esq. span the years 1828 to 1914. The bulk of the collection, however, dates from the years 1837 to 1877. The collection consist of business, legal and personal correspondence, court and legal records, receipts, lists and advertising circulars. Much of the material relates to Titus’ private business ventures into land ownership, his work as a lawyer, representing clients in dealings with the United States War Department’s Pension Office during the late 1830’s and early 1840’s. Materials include government records explaining policies of pension distribution, numerous land deeds representing the transfer of property to Titus or indicate the ownership of other people In addition, the collection contains some documents listing election results and correspondence addressing voting support from 1853 and 1867. Two documents address Titus as postmaster in Hannibal Centre, N.Y. in 1862 and Auburn, N.Y. in 1866.

There is correspondence and other materials relating to Titus’ role as warden of Auburn Prison from 1852-1854, as well as o correspondence between Titus and New York State’s Executive Branch regarding prisoners and a roster of prison guards and keepers and a description of events and requests occurring within Auburn Prison on unspecified dates. There is also personal correspondence including one from Titus’ sister, Betsy A. Titus and another from a nephew, signed Richard.

William Titus Papers
Box and Folder List

Box 1

1. Auburn Prison, 1852-1854
2. Legal, Political and Civil Service Work, 1838-1868
3. Personal Correspondence, 1853-1868
4. Court Documents, 1828-1877
5. Private Business Papers, 1841-1914

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Last updated January 20, 2009