The Clarkson family of Potsdam, New York were major figures and in that town’s history, living there between 1821, when John C. Clarkson settled there and constructed the family’s future residence of Holcroft homestead, and 1946 with the passing away of Mrs. Emelie Moore. Other prominent family members include Thomas Clarkson, founder of Clarkson University, and General Matthew Clarkson who served as an officer in the American Revolution.
Scope of Collection
This collection contains a wide variety of documents pertaining to the history of the Clarkson family. They include letters, small books, newspaper clippings, and family trees. The letters are of special interest, as they are communications between General Matthew Clarkson and George Washington.