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Joshua Forman Letters

A description of his letters at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: LMD
Date: 7 Apr 2010

Biographical History

Joshua Forman (1777-1848) was a American lawyer, politician, judge, and businessman. He was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1808, and was one of the first active supporters of the project that would become the Erie Canal. He was also involved in the founding of the city of Syracuse in the 1820s.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Joshua Forman Letters consist of two items. The first letter is dated 24 July 1821, and was sent from Albany by William James, a prominent businessman. The second letter is dated 23 Dec 1821, and was sent from New Bedford by Stephen Smith, a Quaker businessman who moved to Syracuse in 1820. Both letters discuss the development of salt works in the area around Syracuse.

Arrangement of the Collection

Items are in chronological order.


Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has numerous collections relating to local history. For a complete list, please refer to the the SCRC Subject Index . In particular, see also the Central New York Local History Collection .

Subject Headings


Forman, Joshua, 1777-1849.
James, William, 1771-1832.
Smith, Stephen.


Salt industry and trade -- New York (State) -- Syracuse.


Syracuse (N.Y.) -- History.
Syracuse (N.Y.) -- Industries.

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Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Joshua Forman Letters,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

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